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Connecticut Bar Examining Committee
100 Washington Street,1st Floor
Hartford, Connecticut 06106-4411
Telephone: 860-706-5135
Hearing and speech-impaired applicants: 711 or 1-800-842-9710
E-mail the Bar Examining Committee
Office Hours: Monday-Friday  8:30am-4:30pm*
*except state holidays

star starAugust 7, 2020: The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee is pleased to announce that it has entered into reciprocity agreements with New Hampshire and Oregon. Currently, Connecticut has entered into reciprocal agreements with the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont for the portability of scores from the October 5th-6th, 2020 remote bar examination. The Committee will continue to seek reciprocity with other jurisdictions administering the October 5th-6th, 2020 remote bar examination and will provide a listing and further updates accordingly.star star

August 5, 2020: The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee is pleased to announce that it has entered into a reciprocity agreement with Vermont. Currently, Connecticut has entered into reciprocal agreements with the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee and Vermont for the portability of scores from the October 5th-6th, 2020 remote bar examination. The Committee will continue to seek reciprocity with other jurisdictions administering the October 5th-6th, 2020 remote bar examination and will provide a listing and further updates accordingly.

July 29, 2020: The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee is pleased to announce that it has entered into reciprocity agreements with the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, and Tennessee for the portability of scores from the October 5th-6th, 2020 remote bar examination. The Committee will continue to seek reciprocity with other jurisdictions administering the October 5th-6th, 2020 remote bar examination and will provide a listing and further updates accordingly.

July 23, 2020: The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee announces today that the in person bar examination scheduled for September 30 & October 1, 2020 has been cancelled. A remote version of the examination will instead be offered on October 5 & 6, 2020. The remote examination will utilize questions prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners and will cover the same topics as an in person Connecticut bar examination.

The remote examination will qualify applicants for admission in Connecticut. The examination will not result in a Uniform Bar Examination score, but the Committee will seek reciprocity with other jurisdictions administering the remote examination utilizing questions prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Reciprocal jurisdictions will be announced as they are added.

Those currently pending and those who would like to apply for the remote examination in Connecticut should read all of the information provided below and contact the Administrative Office with any questions. Additional details, such as laptop requirements and permitted/prohibited items, will be provided as soon as possible.

Requirements for those taking the remote examination:

  • All applicants must provide a statement affirming that they do not, and will not, plan to sit for any other jurisdiction’s bar examination administration in July, September or October 2020 during which NCBE tests are used.
  • Applicants taking the remote examination may not have access to paper or writing utensils.
Currently Pending Applicants:
  • All currently pending applicants will automatically have their applications transferred to the remote examination.
  • Any applicant who would like to withdraw their application may request a refund or request that they receive a full fee credit toward one of the next two examinations. Requests must be in writing with an original signature and specify whether a refund or a fee credit is being sought.
Applicants Who Previously Withdrew:
  • All applicants who previously withdrew their applications will be contacted regarding the following:
    • Applicants who withdrew their July 2020/Fall 2020 CT in person bar examination application and received a refund may reactivate their application by filing the fee of $800 with a signed statement indicating they are seeking to reactivate their application and take the remote examination in CT.
    • Applicants who withdrew their July 2020/Fall 2020 CT in person bar examination application and received a credit may file a signed statement to reactivate their application and take the remote examination in CT or may file a signed statement requesting a refund be issued.
Additional Applications:
  • Additional applications will be accepted by mail until 4:30PM on Friday, August 7, 2020 or until the total number of pending applications reaches 750, whichever occurs first.
  • The filing fee is $800.00 for all applicants.
  • Those filing an application between July 23, 2020 and August 7, 2020 and are seeking testing accommodations due to a disability must provide all non-standard testing documentation by 4:30PM on Friday, August 7, 2020.
  • Foreign educated applicants with a granted petition for determination on foreign education on file may apply during this additional filing period. No new petitions for determination on foreign education may be filed for the remote examination.
Computer Based Testing:
  • ExamSoft is the vendor that will be utilized for administration of the remote examination.
  • Laptop registration dates and procedures will be announced soon.
  • There will not be an additional fee charged to applicants for laptop registration.
  • Minimum system requirements will be provided as soon as possible. Please check the Computer Based Testing page for those updates.

June 23, 2020: The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee announces that 500 applications have been received and accepted for the Fall 2020 CT bar examination. Any additional applications received for the Fall 2020 CT bar examination will be returned.

May 22, 2020: The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee announces the following updates to the May 6, 2020 announcement regarding the Fall 2020 bar examination:

  1. Applications will be accepted via USPS, UPS, FedEx and DHL only. Applications will NOT be accepted from couriers or applicants who appear in person.
  2. Spring 2020 graduates are those graduating in May, June or July 2020.
  3. Applications received beyond the 500 that will be accepted will be returned to the sender.

May 6, 2020: The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee announces today the following update regarding the Fall 2020 bar examination, which will be administered on September 30 – October 1, 2020.

  1. Applications that were previously accepted during the initial filing period in March 2020 will be automatically transferred to the Fall 2020 bar examination.
  2. The maximum number of total applications that will be accepted for the Fall 2020 bar examination is 500.
  3. Applications will be accepted from June 1 to June 30, 2020. This is a firm deadline; late applications will not be accepted.
  4. The filing fee will be 800$ for all applicants.
  5. Prioritization of Applications
    • June 1 to June 12 – Applications will only be accepted from those graduating from University of Connecticut School of Law, Quinnipiac University School of Law, Western New England University School of Law, Yale Law School, or Massachusetts School of Law in Spring 2020.
    • June 15 to June 30 –Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until June 30 or until 500 total have been received, whichever occurs first. However, if the maximum number of applications has been received by June 12, 2020, then additional applications will not be accepted after that date.
  6. Those who have already applied may request refunds beginning immediately. Requests must be in writing with an original signature and must be received by June 12, 2020.

April 24, 2020: As previously indicated, the July 2020 bar examination has been postponed. The examination will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, September 30 and October 1, 2020 at the CT Convention Center in Hartford, CT. Additional information, including the dates on which application will be accepted and new deadlines for documentation, will be announced shortly.

April 1, 2020: The CT Bar Examining Committee office will be minimally staffed for a limited number of hours during the week moving forward. Applicants may not deliver documentation in person to the office until further notice. The office will continue to receive mail. Those making inquiries by email or voice mail message should expect a delay in receiving a response. Please continue to check our website for additional updates.

Update On the July 2020 Bar Exam: Due to the ongoing public health emergency arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Connecticut bar examination will not be administered on July 28 – 29, 2020 as previously scheduled. The bar exam has been postponed until fall, on dates to be determined.

The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee will suspend acceptance of applications after March 31, 2020, and will announce the rescheduled dates for the examination and for an extended application filing period. Applicants who have already filed for the July 2020 bar exam will have their application and fee automatically applied to the fall exam.



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July 2020 Bar Examination Fees and Deadlines:

  • First filing deadline: $800 (Applications received February 28, 2020 – March 31, 2020)
  • Final filing deadline: $900 (Applications received April 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020)


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The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee was established in 1891. Practice Book Rule 2-3 provides for a Committee of twenty-four members charged with the responsibility of determining whether candidates are qualified to be admitted to the Connecticut bar. The Committee prepares and administers the bar examination and investigates the character and fitness of each candidate for admission. The Committee recommends to the court those who have passed the bar examination, possess good moral character, and have complied with the rules of court and the regulations of the Committee governing admission to the bar.
 
 
Exam dates Exam site Results date
25/26 February 2020 CT Convention Center in Hartford 24 April 2020
30 September/1 October 2020 CT Convention Center in Hartford TBD
23/24 February 2021 CT Convention Center in Hartford TBA
27/28 July 2021 CT Convention Center in Hartford TBA
22/23 February 2022 CT Convention Center in Hartford TBA
26/27 July 2022 CT Convention Center in Hartford TBA
 

Bar Examining Committee Officers and Members

Hon. Anne C. Dranginis, Chair, Litchfield (Ret.)
Denise Martino Phelan, Vice Chair, Hartford
Matthew Wax-Krell, Treasurer, Hartford
Karen L. Karpie, Secretary, Bridgeport
Raymond L. Baribeault, Jr., New London
Deborah L. Bradley, Rocky Hill
Kevin C. Connors, Willimantic
Erick I. Diaz, Farmington
Hon. Nina Elgo, Hartford
Edward J. Gavin, Bridgeport
Eric M. Gross, Bridgeport
Hon. C. Ian McLachlan, Hartford (Ret.)
Gail McTaggart, Waterbury
David A. Moraghan, Torrington
Sharon A. Peters, Portland
Timothy P. Pothin, New Haven
Amir Shaikh, Vernon
Robert D. Silva, Hartford
Alix Simonetti, New Haven
Hon. Elliot N. Solomon, Hartford
Martha S. Triplett, Wallingford
Frederic S. Ury, Fairfield
Abby M. Warren, Hartford
Perry Zinn-Rowthorn, Hartford

Administrative Office

Kathleen B. Harrington, Deputy Director, Attorney Services Jessica F. Kallipolites, Administrative Director
Lisa Valko, Program Manager

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