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Board of Bar Examiners postpones August 2020 bar examination; works to create a supervised practice program

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Florida Board of Bar Examiners SealThe Florida Board of Bar Examiners, with the approval of the Supreme Court, has postponed the bar examination that was scheduled for Wednesday, August 19, and is working with The Florida Bar and the court to create a supervised practice program for recent graduates.

“Despite the board’s best efforts to offer a licensure opportunity in August, it was determined that administering a secure and reliable remote bar examination in August was not technically feasible,” according to a release from the Board of Bar Examiners, adding that the live trial of the examination software scheduled for today, August 17, is also canceled. “The board remains committed to offering an examination to applicants in 2020 and will reschedule the examination for a date to be determined in October.”

The October exam will have the same content as the examination that had been scheduled for August. The board will announce the date and other information for the October examination in the coming weeks. When this information is announced, August 2020 applicants will have the opportunity to take the October examination or to postpone to the February 2021 examination.

In addition, the board, with the court’s approval, is creating a supervised practice program, along the lines of the already existing Certified Legal Intern program, that will allow for practice with supervision by a member of The Florida Bar.

“The board will partner with the Bar and expects the program to begin no later than mid-September, which was the soonest date that grades would have been released had the examination occurred in July as initially scheduled,” according to the Bar Examiners. “Details regarding eligibility and rules for participation will be announced once they are finalized.”

Applicants should check the Bar Examiner’s website regularly for additional announcements about the upcoming general bar examination.

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