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April 27, 2021

The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) will offer a limited number of international site testing opportunities to take the MPRE in August 2021 for candidates who are unable to travel to the United States. These will be offered at authorized international Pearson VUE Professional Centers between August 16 and August 20, 2021. For more information, please visit the MPRE Registration page of the NCBE website. For the best chance of approval, candidates should submit their requests by May 17, 2021. Absolutely no new requests will be accepted after the August 2021 registration deadline of June 10, 2021.

April 5, 2021

Dear 3Ls and LLMs,

We know that many of you are taking remote bar exams in July, and that your current studying environment may not be the most suitable for the bar exam itself. Your testing environment matters, and we are here to help . If you need a quiet space with stable Wi-Fi, and live in Massachusetts or believe you may be able to comply with state travel restrictions that may still be in place at the time, please email the Dean of Students Office and we will set you up in a private room on the HLS campus to complete the bar exam comfortably.

As the terrain we navigate with the pandemic continues to change in the days and weeks ahead, we expect that you will need to comply with certain requirements in order to reserve a space for your testing days. In that vein, those who request a room can expect a future notice from us detailing compliance with COVID testing, travel restrictions, University safety awareness training, and daily health self-attestations.

While we won’t know exactly what requirements will be in place for some time, we do know that we’re going to do our best to provide interested students able to travel to campus with a private space to take the bar exam.

Please contact the Dean of Students Office at 617-495-1880 with any questions.

March 30, 2021

For those of you applying to take the New York Bar Exam, please note the following suggestions from the NYBOLE:

  1. Each student should establish his/her NYBOLE account prior to April 1st to save time.
  2. The application will become available around midnight (could be 12:01am).
  3. NYBOLE does not suggest enrolling at midnight. There will be plenty of room to registry during the day.
  4. Students will be required to read a Q&A. They need to read the material slowly. DO NOT RUSH.
  5. Once a student pays at the end, he/she will receive a pop-up confirmation page. DO NOT log out of the NYBOLE account until the pop-up confirmation page appears. If they log out prior to receiving the pop-up confirmation page, the student may not receive the confirmation email (leading the student to believe his/her registration did not go though, when it very likely did).
  6. NYBOLE WILL NOT take phone calls to confirm registration so please follow the guidelines provided here.
  7. NY will not refund the application fee if student withdraws because they took a seat away from another student.

Please contact the Dean of Students Office / 617-495-1880 with any questions.

March 11, 2021

DC made an announcement about C&F.

Here is a quick synopsis:

Rather than have applicants go through both the NCBE website for C&F, DC’s website will be a “one-stop-shop.” However, applicants will still be able to submit their documents directly through NCBE until April 15. On April 15, DC will begin the database transfer, so applicants should NOT submit applications or materials to NCBE from April 15 to the beginning of May 3.

March 5, 2021

The July 2021 New York Uniform Bar Examination will be administered remotely on July 27 and 28. For more information, please see the announcement here, and the key portions of the message in italics below.

Although vaccinations are now available and the number of COVID-19 cases is decreasing, the COVID-19 pandemic has not abated sufficiently to permit the Board of Law Examiners to safely conduct in-person testing of large numbers of bar applicants in New York. Therefore, in order to provide sufficient notice to prospective bar exam applicants, the July 2021 New York Bar Examination will be administered remotely.

Application to the July 27-28, 2021 bar examination will be open to all eligible applicants. However, the Board will cap the number of applications at 10,000. The application filing period for the July 27-28, 2021 New York bar examination is April 1 – 30, 2021. The application will close on April 30, 2021 or when the 10,000 cap is reached. Applicants shall apply through their BOLE Account in the Applicant Services Portal.

 Please continue to monitor this NCBE page to stay up to date on the jurisdiction(s) in which you plan to take the bar exam. For all other bar exam related information, please review the HLS resources on Taking the Bar Exam, and contact the Dean of Students Office at dos@law.harvard.edu or 617-495-1880 with any questions.

March 4, 2021

July 2021 Bar Exam Status by Jurisdiction

As you may know, several jurisdictions recently announced their plans to administer the July 2021 bar exam remotely. To avoid sending you multiple messages following each announcement (assuming there are more), we ask that you monitor this NCBE page to stay up to date on the jurisdiction(s) in which you plan to take the bar exam. Please note one exception: If New York announces remote plans, we will send a standalone message, as such a large number of you plan to sit for the NY bar exam.

For all other bar exam related information, please review the HLS resources on Taking the Bar Exam, and contact the Dean of Students Office at dos@law.harvard.edu or 617-495-1880 with any questions.

February 26, 2021

California Bar Exam Update

The California Supreme Court has announced updated plans for the July 27-28, 2021 bar examination. The announcement reads, in part:

The General Bar Examination will be administered online as a mostly remotely delivered exam over two consecutive days on Tuesday, July 27 and Wednesday, July 28, 2021. Utilizing reasonable pandemic-related precautions, the General Bar Examination will be administered in-person at the discretion of the State Bar to those applicants granted testing accommodations that cannot be effectively provided and securely administered in a remote environment, and for those with other extenuating circumstances that require them to take the test in-person rather than remotely.


February 17, 2021

I write to update you briefly on bar exam plans that have been announced in several states.  Earlier today, we received word that the July 2021 Massachusetts Uniform Bar Examination will be administered remotely on July 27 and 28. For more information, please see the text of the message we received from the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners in italics below.  In addition, Connecticut has also announced that they will offer a full UBE on the same dates.

Please be advised that the July 2021 Massachusetts bar examination will be a full Uniform Bar Examination, to be administered remotely on July 27 and 28, 2021.  The Office of the Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court for the County of Suffolk will open the e-filing portal for the Petition for Admission for the July 2021 Massachusetts bar examination on April 1, 2021, with a final filing deadline of May 14, 2021.  Detailed information regarding Massachusetts bar admission is available at www.mass.gov/bbe.

 We will continue to update you in the coming weeks as we learn about bar exam plans in other states, including New York. For more information in the meantime, please visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners website, which aggregates bar exam updates from every jurisdiction.