July 2021 Bar Exam: COVID-19 Jurisdiction Information

Last updated April 21, 2021, 2:30pm (EST)

Helping students is our top priority at SmartBarPrep.

That’s why we are closely monitoring how COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is impacting the July 2021 bar exam, and have compiled jurisdiction specific resources to help keep you informed during these uncertain times.

For a complete list of jurisdictions that have made announcements concerning the July 2021 bar exam please see below.

Remote Option for July 2021 Bar Exam Announced
On February 2, 2021, The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) announced plans that will allow jurisdictions the option to provide the bar exam remotely in July 2021.

According to the NCBE, it plans to:

  • “[M]ake a full set of bar exam materials available for a remote administration in July 2021 to be held on the same dates as the in-person administration (July 27–28, 2021). Each jurisdiction will select which mode it will use for its administration.”
  • “[E]quate the MBE, calculate scaled scores for the written components, and provide UBE and MBE score transfer services for both the in-person and the remote administrations.”

Each jurisdiction will determine when and how to offer its bar exam.

For the NCBE’s official statements and updates click here.

July 2021 Bar Exam: Status by Jurisdiction

Map last updated April 21, 2021, 2:30pm (EST)

The following map, prepared by the NCBE, shows the current status of the July 2021 bar exam in each jurisdiction. Below the map is a list of jurisdiction announcements in alphabetical order.

July 2020 Bar Exam Status by Jurisdiction
July 2021 Bar Exam: Jurisdiction Information

Last updated April 21, 2021, 2:30pm (EST)

The following jurisdictions have made announcements about changes regarding the July 2021 bar exam.  We will continue to update this page as we receive information from the jurisdictions.

Arizona

On April 14, the Arizona Supreme Court directed the Committee on Examinations to administer the July 2021 exam remotely.

California

The Supreme Court of California issued an order on February 26 announcing that the July 2021 bar exam will be administered remotely.

Colorado

The Colorado Supreme Court announced on March 10 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

Connecticut

The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee announced on February 11 that it will administer the July 2021 exam remotely.

Delaware

The Delaware Board of Bar Examiners announced on March 15 that it will administer the July 2021 exam remotely.

District of Columbia

The District of Columbia Committee on Admissions announced on February 10 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

Florida

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners announced on April 12 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

Georgia

The Supreme Court of Georgia announced on March 24 that it will administer the July 2021 exam remotely.

Illinois

The Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois Board of Admissions announced on March 1 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

Indiana

The Indiana Board of Law Examiners announced on March 30 that the July 2021 exam will be conducted remotely.

Iowa

The Iowa Supreme Court announced on March 11 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

Kentucky

The Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners announced on February 23 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

Louisiana

The Louisiana Supreme Court issued an order on April 8 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely. The one-day remote exam will be administered on July 26.

Maryland

The Court of Appeals of Maryland announced on February 26 that, on the recommendation of the Maryland State Board of Law Examiners, the July bar exam in Maryland will be administered remotely.

Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners announced on February 17 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

Michigan

The Michigan Supreme Court issued an order on April 21 directing that the July 2021 exam be administered remotely.

New Hampshire

The Supreme Court of New Hampshire announced on March 3 its authorization for the Board of Bar Examiners to administer the July 2021 exam remotely.

New Jersey

The New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners announced on March 11 that it will administer the July 2021 exam remotely.

New York

The New York Board of Law Examiners announced on March 5 that it will administer the July 2021 exam remotely.

North Carolina

The North Carolina Board of Law Examiners announced on March 22 that it will administer the July 2021 exam remotely.

Ohio

The Supreme Court of Ohio announced on March 3 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely. 

Oregon

The Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners issued a statement on March 26 announcing its plan for an in-person administration of the July 2021 bar exam.

Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners announced on February 12 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Supreme Court issued an order on April 9 announcing that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

Tennessee

The Supreme Court of Tennessee announced on February 16 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

Utah

The Utah Supreme Court announced on March 19 that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

Vermont

Per a March 8 order of the Vermont Supreme Court and a decision by the Board of Bar Examiners, Vermont will administer the July 2021 bar exam remotely.

Washington

On March 5, the Supreme Court of Washington issued an order authorizing the Washington State Bar Association to administer the July 2021 exam remotely. The Court also temporarily lowered the minimum passing score to 266.