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. The Testing Task Force’s study will be:
Comprehensive. The study will identify core competencies for newly licensed lawyers and explore when and how those competencies should be assessed.
Future-focused. The study will help ensure that the assessment of core legal competencies keeps pace with a rapidly evolving legal profession.
Collaborative. The Task Force will solicit input from state bar admitting authorities, legal educators, and legal professionals, recognizing a shared objective of ensuring the protection of the public and the readiness of new lawyers to join the profession.
Empirical. The study will be supported by research and review conducted by independent professionals with relevant technical expertise.
Transparent. The Task Force will welcome feedback and share updates on its website as the study progresses.
The Testing Task Force held informative and productive stakeholder focus group sessions at two recent professional meetings. In November, researchers from ACS Ventures LLC spoke with 70 bar admission staff members from 40 different jurisdictions at the Fall Meeting of the Council of Bar Admission Administrators. And earlier this
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