The content scope document outlines the breadth of material to be covered in eight areas of legal knowledge and seven categories of practical skills and abilities on the NextGen bar exam. It reflects the work of a 21-member content scope committee made up of legal educators, law school deans, practicing attorneys, and bar examiners. The committee’s recommendations are based on a three-year study of the bar exam, which included a nationwide practice analysis survey to identify the knowledge and skills that are necessary for effective practice by newly licensed attorneys. An overview of the process the committee followed to arrive at its recommendations is provided here.

Preliminary Content Scope Outlines were published in early 2022. A public comment period, during which members of the legal community were invited to submit comments on the preliminary outlines, drew responses from nearly 400 stakeholders, including law school deans, faculty, and administrators; practicing attorneys; judges and justices; law students; and bar examiners and admissions staff.

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