CA's July 2020 bar exam in October? Cut score at 1390? Diploma privilege?

Today California’s Supreme Court directed the State Bar to administer the July exam, which had been scheduled to start on September 8, on October 5 and 6.

You can read the announcement on the State Bar’s admissions page here. You can read the Supreme Court’s letter here.

You will see that the State Bar is also to develop a provisional license program for 2020 graduates.

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UPDATED 5/1: COVID-19's impact on July 2020 bar exams

COVID-19 has forced the delay of some states' July 2020 bar exams. Others have decided—for now—to keep their July offerings. And some are still on the fence. So for now, we're dividing states into the three camps below. 


The states listed below have cancelled their July exams. Unless indicated parenthetically, no makeup has been scheduled.


These states are keeping their July exams on calendar—for now. Any or all them could cancel these July offerings if they deemed it unsafe.

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It's OFFICIAL: California bar exam to be offered Sept. 9-10

Well, at least now we know what's going to happen to California's July 2020 bar examination.

The July 2020 California bar exam will be postponed to September 9 and 10. The goal is to offer the test online, with remote or electronic proctoring. Every effort will also be made to turn exam results around no later than December 31.

You can read the Supreme Court's press release here.

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Our response to COVID-19’s impact

While the fate of professional sports, entertainment festivals, Olympics, and even school and court schedules have been known for some time, we still don't yet know what impact COVID-19 will have on Cailfornia's upcoming bar exam.

Here's what we do know: California is mulling over the idea of ...


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Will there be a July 2020 California bar exam? Links to updates and breaking news.

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First it was the NBA season. Then March Madness and Spring Training. Now the Olympics.

In light of the unprecedented postponement and, in some cases, cancellation of scheduled events, tournaments, and games all over the globe, some of you bar candidates have wondered what will happen to the July 2020 California bar exam.

Will there be one? Will it be postponed, and if so, to when?

The answer no one wants to really hear is the only one we have right now. And that's that we just don't know. For that matter, neither does the State Bar or NCBE, but both have provided statements and links to check for the latest news, which we're providing to you below.

Even though we are working remotely and apart from one another as ordered by the governor, our Bar Secrets team is still here. Drs. Saccuzzo and Johnson have taken to Instagram @therealbarsecrets. You will find messages and mini-lessons there. And we will post breaking news as we learn of it. If you aren't already following us,...

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