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

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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

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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

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August 19, 2021: Presentation at CBAA Annual Meeting

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