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NextGen Content Scope Outlines

Snapshot of NextGen Bar Exam

Content Foundational Concepts & Principles and Foundational Skills

Structure and Format Integrated exam that assesses knowledge and skills holistically, with a mix of item types and formats

Frequency The exam will continue to be offered twice per year

Delivery Mode Computer-based, at test centers or on examinees’ laptops at jurisdiction-managed sites

Scoring Compensatory scoring model that produces a single combined score for admission decisions

Timing Single-event, summative exam at or near the point of licensure

In January 2021, the NCBE Board of Trustees approved the Testing Task Force’s recommendations to ensure that the next generation of the bar exam continues to test the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for competent entry-level legal practice in a changing profession. The process to implement the recommendations is expected to take 5 years. If you wish to subscribe to receive updates as development of the NextGen Bar Exam progresses, or simply have questions, please click either the “CONTACT US” or “SUBSCRIBE” button below.

Snapshot of NextGen Bar Exam

Content Foundational Concepts & Principles and Foundational Skills

Structure and Format Integrated exam that assesses knowledge and skills holistically, with a mix of item types and formats

Frequency The exam will continue to be offered twice per year

Delivery Mode Computer-based, at test centers or on examinees’ laptops at jurisdiction-managed sites

Scoring Compensatory scoring model that produces a single combined score for admission decisions

Timing Single-event, summative exam at or near the point of licensure

In January 2021, the NCBE Board of Trustees approved the Testing Task Force’s recommendations to ensure that the next generation of the bar exam continues to test the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for competent entry-level legal practice in a changing profession. The process to implement the recommendations is expected to take 5 years. If you wish to subscribe to receive updates as development of the NextGen Bar Exam progresses, or simply have questions, please click either the “CONTACT US” or “SUBSCRIBE” button below.

8 Foundational Concepts & Principles

    • Civil Procedure
    • Contract Law
    • Evidence
    • Torts
    • Business Associations
    • Constitutional Law
    • Criminal Law
    • Real Property

7 Foundational Skills

    • Legal Research
    • Legal Writing
    • Issue Spotting and Analysis
    • Investigation and Evaluation
    • Client Counseling and Advising
    • Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
    • Client Relationship and Management

8 Foundational Concepts & Principles

    • Civil Procedure
    • Contract Law
    • Evidence
    • Torts
    • Business Associations
    • Constitutional Law
    • Criminal Law
    • Real Property

7 Foundational Skills

    • Legal Research
    • Legal Writing
    • Issue Spotting and Analysis
    • Investigation and Evaluation
    • Client Counseling and Advising
    • Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
    • Client Relationship and Management

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Latest News

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2021 Review

2021 in Review

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since NCBE’s Board of Trustees approved the Testing Task Force’s recommendations for the next generation of…

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Testing Task Force Reports

Calendar of Events

May 24-26, 2022 Presentation at AASE Conference
April 29-30, 2022 Presentation at NCBE Annual Bar Admissions Conference
April 6, 2022 Presentation at NALP Annual Education Conference
January 22, 2022 Presentation at UBE Jurisdictions Forum
January 6, 2022 Presentation at AALS Annual Conference
November 5, 2021 Presentation at CBAA Fall Meeting
November 3, 2021 Presentation at AccessLex/LexCon 2021
August 19, 2021 Presentation at CBAA Annual Meeting

Testing Task Force Reports

Calendar of Events

May 24-26, 2022 Presentation at AASE Conference
April 29-30, 2022 Presentation at NCBE Annual Bar Admissions Conference
April 6, 2022 Presentation at NALP Annual Education Conference
January 22, 2022 Presentation at UBE Jurisdictions Forum
January 6, 2022 Presentation at AALS Annual Conference
November 5, 2021 Presentation at CBAA Fall Meeting
November 3, 2021 Presentation at AccessLex/LexCon 2021
August 19, 2021 Presentation at CBAA Annual Meeting