UPDATE (6/5/2020) COVID-19 Precautionary Measures for the July 2020 Bar Examination
As announced in late April, the Missouri Board of Law Examiners ("board") is proceeding with plans to administer the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in July 2020. The board understands the significant stress and uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic. To protect the health, safety and welfare of all persons attending the July 2020 bar examination, the board will take precautionary measures consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The board has also secured an additional testing venue to accommodate social distancing during the examination. July 2020 examinees will be notified of their assigned testing site by July 7, 2020.
The final deadline to apply for the July 2020 examination was June 1. Pursuant to the Supreme Court of Missouri Order of April 28, 2020, the board accepted applications on or after April 30 based on the priority criteria designated in the order. The board received 774 applications. Non-priority applicants filing on or after April 30 were provided the option to receive a refund of the application fee or to carry forward the fee to February 2021. Based on current official health directives, the board is not imposing further limits on the number of examinees allowed to sit for the exam and plans to provide a seat for all eligible applicants who submitted a properly filed application by the June 1 deadline.
As announced in late April, in the event the bar examination cannot be administered in July, the board will reschedule the examination for September 9-10, 2020. Further, Regulation 3 of Rule 8.07 has been modified temporarily to permit July 2020 exam applicants to postpone taking the examination and to carry forward the application fee to the scheduled examination in February 2021, without requiring payment of a postponement fee. To be eligible for the fee waiver, applicants must submit written notice of postponement to the board on or before June 15, 2020.
Given the unprecedented circumstances created by the pandemic, the board appreciates NCBE providing an emergency remote option in the event it is not possible to administer an in-person exam this summer or fall. Absent a change in circumstances, the board will administer an in-person exam, with appropriate health safety measures, to provide applicants an opportunity to earn a portable score and to ensure the most reliable assessment of minimum competency.
Please review the Court's Order and frequently asked questions (updated).
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