The Content Scope Outlines are intended to inform stakeholders of the scope of the topics to be assessed in the eight Foundational Concepts and Principles and the scope of the lawyering tasks to be assessed in the seven Foundational Skills on the next generation of the bar exam. In 2021, NCBE appointed a Content Scope Committee to make recommendations regarding the breadth and depth of the Foundational Concepts and Principles and the Foundational Skills to be tested on the new exam. An overview of the process the committee followed to arrive at its recommendations and produce the Content Scope Outlines is provided here.
Through a public comment process that closed on April 18, 2022, NCBE sought stakeholder input on whether there were any significant oversights in the outlines of topics and lawyering tasks identified for assessment. More than 713 people accessed and reviewed the outlines and 394 comments were submitted. NCBE is reviewing the comments and evaluating whether revisions should be made to the outlines based on the comments. If changes are made, revised Content Scope Outlines will be posted here.
The Content Scope Outlines are just the first step in preparing the Test Content Specifications—the “blueprint” for the new exam—which will be published in late 2024. The Test Content Specifications will provide more details, such as the sources of law for the topics tested, the weighting or emphasis of the subjects/topics and skills, and sample test questions illustrating how the knowledge and skills may be tested in an integrated design. Additional annotations about what is covered within subjects/topics may also be added. Finally, the organization and structure of the Test Content Specifications may be different than the organization and structure of the Content Scope Outlines.