NextGen Bar Exam Set to Change the Future of Attorney Licensing
In 2021, the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) began the process of creating the NextGen Bar Exam. The NextGen Bar Exam will eventually replace the Uniform Bar Exam in an effort to make the traditional licensure test more skills-based.
Calling it “the Bar Exam of the future,” the NCBE hopes to revamp the attorney licensing exam process to one that focuses on knowledge and practical skills rather than on rote memorization. Law students will be able to demonstrate their ability to analyze and apply the law to real world scenarios when taking the NextGen Bar Exam. The NextGen Bar Exam will assess foundational skills such as negotiation, client counseling, and client management. The exam will also include law-based questions on subject matter such as contracts, criminal law, real property, and torts. While there is certainly more information that will be forthcoming from the NCBE regarding the NextGen Bar Exam, this post will focus on what the NCBE has released thusfar.