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Information about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected law schools and bar examinations, including adoption of pass/fail grading systems, postponed bar exams, canceled classes, and canceled graduation ceremonies.


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Pass/Fail Grading

Some law schools adopted mandatory pass/fail grading, while others made it optional.

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Legend

  Mandatory pass/fail grading (109 schools)
  No decision reported (75 schools)

Or see the Table of all schools' decisions regarding pass/fail grading.


Bar Examinations

Bar examinations' responses to the pandemic:

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Legend

  Postponed bar exams (4 bar exams)
  Online bar exams (0 bar exams)
  Small-group bar exams (0 bar exams)
  Emergency diploma privilege (0 bar exams)
  Supervised practice (0 bar exams)
  Pending decision (5 bar exams)
  No change (2 bar exams)
  No decision reported (45 bar exams)


Bar Exam Status Announced Effective Date
California Pending decision [105] 30 March 2020 No decision, no comment issued after public and private meetings.
Connecticut Postponed [106] 30 March 2020 postponed until fall, on dates to be determined.
Florida Pending decision [107] 30 March 2020 will be making an announcement by May 5
Hawaii Postponed 31 March 2020 Postponed until Fall
Illinois No Change [108] 26 March 2020 There are no plans at this time to cancel or alter the July 2020 bar exam, and all deadlines for applications remain in place. We recognize that this is a fluid situation, and this may change.
Massachusetts Postponed [109] 30 March 2020 The bar exam has been postponed until fall, on dates to be determined.
New Mexico Pending decision [110] will announce a decision on May 5
New York Postponed [111] 27 March 2020 rescheduled for dates in the fall to be determined
Tennessee Pending decision [112] 2 April 2020 Have not cancelled the July 2020 exam, but they are contemplating a fall 2020 exam as well, with a yet to be determined date. They have also extended the practice pending admission rule to be through Nov. 21, 2021. But, in order for you to be eligible for the fall exam, you have to sign up for the July exam, and in the event neither a July or fall exam happens, then you have to take the Feb 2021 exam.
Texas No Change [113] 26 March 2020 currently no plan to cancel or postpone but has announced that if it is postponed the new exam start date will be between Sept 29 and Oct 1.
Virginia Pending decision [114] 27 March 2020 The Board will make a final decision on or about May 5, 2020, about whether it is able to administer the July 2020 Virginia bar exam


Summer Associate Program Status

Firm Status Announced Notes
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer Paying in Full, Remote only [115] Arnold & Porter summer program will proceed as planned, same start dates, same pay, but will likely start virtually.
Cooley Shortened [116]
delayed start date: 15 June 2020
1 April 2020 Will only be paid for weeks worked with Cooley; no remote options at this time; no extension of end date
DLA Piper Delayed [117]
delayed start date: 29 June 2020
1 April 2020 Expected to be in-person
Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP Canceled [118] firm wide SA program canceled
FordHarrison LLP Canceled [119] 30 March 2020 "we determined we will not have the appropriate learning opportunities available to provide a meaningful summer associate experience."
Sidley Austin Paying in Full, Shortened [120] 2 April 2020 Committed to paying the full weeks. Will not start its summer associate program sooner than June 1
Vinson & Elkins Delayed [121]
delayed start date: 15 June 2020
1 April 2020 delayed to at least June 15th
Winston & Strawn Delayed [122]
delayed start date: 1 June 2020
Winston & Strawn is delaying their program until at least June 1st.


Canceled Classes, Online Finals, and Graduation

Tables of online finals, canceled class sessions, and canceled graduation ceremonies.


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  98. Postponed until Fall
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