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August 14, 2019

What Do Stakeholders Think About the Bar Exam?

The Testing Task Force Phase 1 report Your Voice: Stakeholder Thoughts About the Bar Exam is now available. The report details the rich body of information that the Task Force heard from more than 400 participating stakeholders on what they like and dislike about the current bar exam, as well as their ideas for possible future changes to the exam. This stakeholder input, together with the results of the nationwide practice analysis survey that is
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July 19, 2019

First Phase of Task Force Study Concludes; Nationwide Practice Analysis Survey to Launch August 1

The Testing Task Force is pleased to report that Phase 1 of its study has successfully concluded with the final stakeholder listening sessions held in June. The Task Force is currently preparing to publish a report on all 30 listening sessions, spanning 10 groups of stakeholders and more than 400 participants. The report, which will soon be available on the Task Force’s website, will include both an executive summary and session-specific summaries. The Task Force’s
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May 20, 2019

Testing Task Force Shares Overview of Its First-Year Activities

The Testing Task Force is pleased to announce that its First Year Report is now available. The report provides an overview of the Task Force’s activities during the first year of its work, from initial planning to the selection of research consultants, the establishment of a timeline for its study, and the launch of stakeholder listening sessions. The most recent stakeholder listening sessions were held at NCBE’s Annual Bar Admissions Conference in San Francisco earlier
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May 20, 2019

Testing Task Force Seeking Assistance from States to Distribute Practice Analysis Survey

The Testing Task Force is currently reaching out to state supreme courts and bar associations to secure their assistance in distributing a practice analysis survey nationwide later this summer. The results of this survey should provide robust data on what the job of the newly licensed lawyer entails, and the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to competently and ethically perform the job. NCBE’s previous practice analysis survey in 2012 was distributed to a more limited
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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,
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January 11, 2019

Testing Task Force Focus Group Sessions Under Way

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 month at the AALS Annual Meeting, researchers heard from 76 legal educators serving in various roles at more than 50 law schools. Additional stakeholder research sessions
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December 17, 2018

Testing Task Force Seeks Subject Matter Experts for Upcoming Focus Groups

The Testing Task Force is currently recruiting Subject Matter Experts from around the country to participate in its historic study of the bar exam. The Task Force is looking for entry-level lawyers (one to five years in practice) and lawyers who supervise entry-level lawyers (at least seven years in practice and at least two years supervising) to participate in focus groups to lay the foundation for a future-focused practice analysis survey to be distributed nationwide
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December 5, 2018

Testing Task Force Launches Stakeholder Research Sessions

The Testing Task Force is holding stakeholder research sessions at upcoming professional conferences of affiliated organizations, including at the ABA 2019 Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas, the 2019 AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans, and the 2019 UBE Forum in San Antonio. Attendees at those conferences may register to participate in a session by visiting the Upcoming Events section of the Task Force’s website. ACS Ventures LLC (ACS) is leading the stakeholder research sessions as
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November 14, 2018

Task Force Research Plan Announced

The Testing Task Force is pleased to announce that the research plan for its comprehensive, future-focused study of the bar exam is now available. The study, supported by the Task Force’s research consulting firms ACS Ventures LLC (ACS) and American Institutes for Research (AIR), will proceed in three overlapping phases, with each phase building on the previous ones. The first phase of the study is already under way. Read the overview of the study for
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September 16, 2018

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, broadly speaking the study will proceed in phases, with each successive phase building on the previous ones. Initially, the study will focus on assessing the current
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