NCBE Experience As a Testing Program Undergoing Exam Redesign in a Rapidly Changing Profession

July 22, 2020 2:00 pm CST
Kellie Early

Technology, globalization, and market forces are bringing change to the practice of law. How should the licensing exam adjust to serve a changing legal profession that is facing many challenges, such as an access to justice crisis and a critical lack of diversity in the profession? NCBE is conducting a three-year study–guided by input from stakeholders, informed by empirical data, and bounded by professional testing standards—to develop the next generation of the bar exam. All aspects of the exam are being studied, including content, question formats, delivery method, and timing of administration. This presentation will outline one approach to redesigning a high-stakes testing program.