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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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George Hunter, et al., Task Force on the Continuum of Legal Education: Report to Convocation (2003).

The cost of the materials in both digital and paper form, Can$150 per exam, is included in the examination fees of Can$750 per exam. https://lso.ca/becoming-licensed/lawyer-licensing-process/fees-and-forms/fees-schedule.



Dialogue on Licensing Topic 3: Reference Materials. Licensing Examinations: Assessment of Entry-level Competence 34–35.

supra note 2, 4–5.

Id. at 20.

supra note 5, 36–37. In late 2018, Ontario completed a new review of its bar admissions process, the Dialogue on Licensing / Dialogue sur l’accès à la profession, motivated in part by a persistent shortage of articling positions for candidates. A number of options for reform were considered, including doing away with the articling requirement altogether (none of the options included changes to the Barrister and Solicitor Examinations) (Peter Wardle, et al., Professional Development and Competence Committee: Options for Lawyer Licensing (2018)). The recommendations that were ultimately adopted by the Law Society’s governing body will maintain the articling process, with some changes; the addition of a new skills examination or assessment remains under consideration, although the details of what it might involve are still unknown. The recommended changes are scheduled to be implemented in 2021.