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NCBE has announced that family law will be added to the list of foundational concepts and principles to be tested on the NextGen exam, beginning with the July 2028 administration. The decision was made in response to feedback from jurisdiction high courts, and after careful consideration by the NCBE Board of Trustees. NCBE has begun the process of developing a family law subject matter outline, which will be added to the NextGen Content Outlines.

In addition, NCBE announced that the current bar exam and the NextGen exam will be offered concurrently for two full years, making the current bar available to jurisdictions through the February 2028 administration. The first administration of the NextGen bar exam will be in July 2026.