COVID-19 continues to throw plans into flux – would-be bar examinees feel this acutely. Because each state gets to determine when and how to administer the bar exam, there is no one consistent plan this year for the test. Several states plan to administer the test as usual in July, while a number of others have rescheduled it for September or later.
The July exam administration is mere weeks away and students in the states that have not postponed it are watching the news warily. States that have previously started to reopen are rolling that back. What does that mean for the bar exam? The short answer: no one knows. It could be that the states going forward with the test in July will ultimately postpone, but this will leave many examinees in the lurch. Travel plans and logistics and study plans should be completely set by now, but those can all fall through upon the word of the powers that be.
Those are things out of your control, so let’s focus on things that are in your control. Do your best to stay flexible about any changed circumstances and, most importantly, focus on your physical and mental health. It’s normal to feel anxious in the weeks leading up to the exam, and the extra stress of pandemic caused uncertainty is likely to compound that anxiety. Do what you can to manage that.