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MA, FL Opt for Online Exam as TX Cancels Meeting Due to Technical Difficulties

Massachusetts and Florida both announced today that they plan to hold the bar exam online, while Texas was forced to cancel an online meeting on the bar exam due to last-minute technical difficulties.

Massachusetts, which had previously postponed to a late-September, in-person exam, is now slated to require the NCBE’s online October exam, joining D.C. and Maryland. The issues associated with online exams have been widely discussed before.

Florida, which had planned to hold the bar exam in-person this month, also backed down from an in-person administration after widespread public outrage and calls from major political leaders. Florida will instead offer a custom online exam next month, on August 18. It is expected to consist of 100 multiple-choice questions and three essay questions, prepared by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.

Meanwhile, as if to underscore the issues with online administration, the Texas Board of Law Examiners (TXBLE), which had announced several days ago an emergency meeting on COVID-19 and the scheduled, in-person July and September exams, was forced to cancel its virtual meeting due to last-minute, unanticipated technical difficulties. Just as the meeting began this morning, TXBLE announced that it would be “unable to accommodate all the public attendees seeking to participate,” having maxed out at 300 online participants.

TXBLE’s meeting has been rescheduled to July 2 at 8:30 AM CDT. The public can participate at https://txcourts.zoom.us/j/2792541638.

In light of the substantial and increasingly clear problems with the online administration of the bar exam, United for Diploma Privilege advocacy efforts are ongoing in all three of Massachusetts, Florida, and Texas.