What Do New Lawyers Need to Know? Think back to your first day at your current job. What did you need to know to be able to hit the ground running? What kinds of things did you do regularly, and what were the most important things you did—even if you did them infrequently? What skills or abilities did you need to accomplish your work? A practice analysis systematically assesses these kinds of questions by asking Read More
Part II: Ontario When a licensing authority decides to implement a new standardized lawyer licensure exam, what factors help shape that decision? In last month’s blog post, we examined the introduction of the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination, one of several changes to the solicitor licensure process in England and Wales scheduled to be implemented in 2021. This month, we’re shifting our attention closer to home to look at the standardized, open-book lawyer licensure examinations that Read More
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 the bar examination as it is administered by United States jurisdictions, and the legal licensure processes of other countries are necessarily dictated by the legal systems and needs of those countries. Nevertheless, it can be Read More
If you were designing the bar exam from the ground up, how would you begin? Would you try to determine what type of questions to ask, how many questions the exam should include, how hard the questions should be? These are all important topics to consider. But you wouldn’t be able to get far without answering more fundamental questions, including what exactly the bar exam should be testing, and why—in other words, what do you Read More
We closed our last blog post by inviting readers to join a conversation about some of the fundamental questions that will guide the work of the Testing Task Force—questions about what the legal profession looks like today, what it’s likely to look like in the future, and how to best ensure that those entering the profession are ready for the work that lies ahead of them. This is a conversation taking place across the country Read More
What does it mean to launch a comprehensive, future-focused study of the bar exam? For the Testing Task Force, it means—among other things—taking the time to consider some fundamental questions as we begin our work. What, at minimum, do new lawyers need to know and be able to do to be considered competent to enter the profession? And which of those things are appropriate to test on a professional licensing examination? We are committed to Read More