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The Testing Task Force

In January 2018, the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) appointed a Testing Task Force charged with undertaking a three-year study to ensure that the bar examination continues to test the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for competent entry-level legal practice in the 21st century. The study is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020.

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February 12, 2019

2019 Off to a Great Start for the Testing Task Force’s Study

2019 is off to a great start for the Testing Task Force’s study thanks to everyone who participated in the January and February stakeholder focus groups facilitated by ACS Ventures  (at the AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans, the UBE Forum in San Antonio, the ABA Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas, and the LSAC & NCBE Best Practices in High Stakes Testing conference in Albuquerque). The Task Force heard opinions from bar administrators, bar leaders, supreme court justices, practitioners, law students, and law school faculty regarding the current bar examination and its future direction. Also in February, the American Institutes
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Part I: England and Wales What can we learn from looking at lawyer licensure examinations in other countries? The question may seem to be beyond the scope of the Testing Task Force’s work. After all, the Task Force is studying Read More

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1. https://www.sra.org.uk/sra/news/press/sqe-ensure-high-consistent-standards.page; https://www.sra.org.uk/sra/news/press/sqe-launch-2021.page.

2. Currently, in addition to passing a character assessment, aspiring solicitors must successfully complete (1) an undergraduate law degree that meets certain requirements for subject-matter coverage OR an undergraduate degree in another field and a one-year postgraduate course in law; (2) a one-year postgraduate Legal Practice Course, which covers “core practice areas” such as wills and estates, business law, and property law; skills such as  legal research, writing, and advocacy; and more specialized substantive topics, such as employment and family law; (3) a two-year Period of Supervised Training in an approved law office or legal department; and (4) a short Professional Skills Course, generally taken as part of the Period of Supervised Training. See also https://www.sra.org.uk/students/resources/student-information.page. Beginning in 2021, (1) the undergraduate law degree requirement will be replaced with a requirement that candidates have an undergraduate degree in any field or an equivalent qualification or experience; (2) the Legal Practice Course will be eliminated; (3) the Period of Supervised Training will be replaced with a requirement that candidates have two years of “qualifying legal experience” (which might include, e.g., working as a paralegal or in a university legal services office); (4) the Professional Skills Course will be eliminated; and (5) the Solicitors Qualifying Examination will be required. See also https://www.sra.org.uk/sra/policy/sqe/solicitor-persona.page.

3. The description of the exam components given here is based on information presented in Julie Brannan, “Training for Tomorrow: The Reform of Education and Training Requirements for English and Welsh Solicitors,” 86(4) The Bar Examiner (Winter 2017-2018) 17, 24-26.

4. Id. at 17, 18.

5. http://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/competence-statement.page; see also Brannan, supra note 3 at 20.