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Kentucky, Pennsylvania set to conduct remote bar exams due to COVID-19
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Kentucky, Pennsylvania set to conduct remote bar exams due to COVID-19

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ordered the cancellation of the state’s in-person bar exam, citing growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The upcoming exam was set to take place on July 28-29. The cancellation, announced Thursday, also applies to the State’s September bar. All applicants will automatically be registered for the online bar exam.  This order is not the first of its kind, as many states have opted to conduct the bar exam online to mitigate the potential coronavirus spread. Also on Thursday, the Pennsylvania Board of Bar Examiners announced that its October exam will be administered remotely.

Other states, such as Washington, Utah, and Oregon, have decided not to proceed with an online bar exam, granting 2020 law school graduates diploma privilege instead.

The Kentucky bar exam will now take place online from October 5-6.