The Massachusetts bar examination will be postponed from due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Supreme Judicial Court and the Board of Bar Examiners announced in a joint statement on Monday. The test, which is held over two days and was originally scheduled for July 28 and 29, will be administered on September 30 and October 1.
According to the statement, if restrictions on large gatherings persist into the fall, an alternative method of testing will be offered.
Graduate law students are required to pass the bar exam in order to practice in the state.
Some law professors have advocated against delaying the test, arguing for another solution like an emergency diploma program that would allow graduates to begin practicing sooner.
This article was originally published on March 30, 2020.