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Florida Board of Bar Examiners to launch exam survey September 22


'By getting input from Bar members now, we will be in a better position to assess the changes that are coming to the exam'

Florida Board of Bar Examiners SealAll Florida Bar members will receive an email survey from the Florida Board of Bar Examiners September 22 asking for their input for a study on updating the bar exam.

The survey seeks input from Florida lawyers about their practice and expectations of newly licensed Florida lawyers.  A special committee of judges, law professors, and attorneys representing a variety of practice areas assisted in the development of the survey earlier this year, and the board pilot tested the survey over the summer.

The research will assist the Florida Supreme Court and the board as they consider what topics the bar exam should cover and methods for testing.  The Florida Bar has approved 1 hour of general CLE credit for completing the survey, which will be available until October 22.

“The feedback that you give will be the basis for the Court’s decision about what to do with respect to the Florida bar exam in the future,” said Justice Alan Lawson in a video promoting the survey.

Justice Jamie R. Grosshans added, “Please take this opportunity to help shape the bar exam of the future.”

The Bar Examiner’s study has become even more important since the National Conference of Bar Examiners recently announced it plans to replace the Multistate Bar Exam within the next five years.  The 200-question Multistate Bar Exam has been part of the Florida bar exam for more than 40 years.

“By getting input from Bar members now, we will be in a better position to assess the changes that are coming to the exam,” said Chair Jane Rose.

“The Bar Examiners thank the committee members, Florida Bar staff, and our consultants at Scantron for getting us to the launch date,” said Executive Director Michele Gavagni.  “Be sure to check your inboxes and spam filters for your email invitation starting September 22 and take the time to make your voice heard.”

The special committee members include:  Judge Katherine Floyd of Gainesville; Judge James McCune of Ocala; Althea Campbell of Coral Springs; Christine Cerniglia of Gulfport; Kristen Corpion of Miami; Iris Elijah of Miami; Shannan Field of Titusville; H. Scott Fingerhut of Miami; Harley Herman of Plant City; Glaucia Jones of Lake Mary; Marck Joseph of Miami; Brian Liegel of Miami; Joshua Magdison of Clearwater; Schnelle Tonge of West Palm Beach; Michelle Yard of Winter Garden; and Jennifer Zedalis of Gainesville.

If active Bar members do not see the email in their inbox after September 22, they should check their spam or junk folders. The subject line of the email will read “Your Voice Matters to the Future of the Florida Bar Examination” and it will come from “Florida Board of Bar Examiners – Practice Analysis Survey <[email protected]>” If you have technical difficulties with the survey, email [email protected] for assistance.

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