Sunday, May 10, 2020

Will Massachusetts and Indiana Offer an Online Bar Exam?

The unthinkable has happened.  A change so huge that it will rock the legal world for the rest of our lives. 

Okay, maybe it's not that big, but this is huge.  This is massive.  One state has ordered its bar exam to be taken "remotely." In short, you will now be able to take the Indiana bar exam while waiting in like for a McFlurry and McDonalds and be able to finish it while on the loo. 

Joe Patrice of Above the Law, however, has some grim news for those Hoosiers (Indiana residents) who share my fantasy:
One assumes “remotely” means online, but that’s not explicitly spelled out.
Why do you have to be such a killjoy Mr. Patrice?  However, he goes on to state that Massachusetts may offer an online exam, which means the Harvardites who can't go to NY to take the bar exam may be able to take the bar exam while sailing at Cape Cod this summer and, potentially, enjoy immediate score results.  Theoretically, you could just get all the graduates together on one big yacht and have them all take the bar exam, while asking a seasoned lawyer or bar exam tutor which answer to select.  I can see it now:  "Number one is felony murder rule."  Now that's what I'm talking about!

Is this what the Massachusetts bar exam will look like?

Cheif Justice Lorettea H. Rush of the Indiana Supreme Court stated:
"As a result of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it is unclear whether the State Board of Law Examiners will be able to safely administer a two-day, in-person Indiana bar examination on July 28-29, 2020 as scheduled or at any later date in calendar year 2020. 
"The Supreme Court therefore ORDERS that the Indiana State Board of Law Examiners shall conduct a one-day bar examination administered remotely on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The examination shall consist of the Indiana Essay Examination and a series of short answer questions on the topics tested on the Multistate Bar Examination."
This is an interesting time for sure.  A possible online bar exam in Indiana.  A possible online bar exam in Massachusetts.  What's next?  Online bar exams all around?  No more bar exams?  Who knows.  This virus has changed the world! 

This article contains some satire, as one will not expect the bar exam to be taken at McDonalds or on a yacht on cape cod by an entire graduating class with a tutor or seasoned lawyer helping new grads cheat.


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