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.
Testing Task Force Selects ACS Ventures, LLC, and American Institutes for Research to Support Its Study
The Testing Task Force is pleased to announce that it has selected two independent research consulting firms—ACS Ventures, LLC, and American Institutes for Research (AIR)—to support its comprehensive, future-focused study of the bar examination. Although a detailed research plan is still being developed in consultation with ACS and AIR,
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