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May 14, 2020

Colorado Supreme Court Announcement Regarding July 2020 Bar Examination

In light of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Colorado Supreme Court is making this announcement, in consultation with the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel/Office of Attorney Admissions (“OAA”) and the Colorado Board of Law Examiners, to assist bar examination applicants in their planning and preparations.

The Court presently intends to hold the Colorado bar examination, which is a Uniform Bar Examination, as scheduled on July 28 and 29, 2020. Applicants should prepare to strictly comply with all applicable public health recommendations and exam protocols, which may include wearing masks, keeping six-foot distances, and cooperating with temperature checks. Proctors and exam administrators likewise will be abiding by such recommendations and protocols. The OAA is working with public health officials to develop detailed protocols, and will announce those details as they become available at http://www.coloradosupremecourt.us/Future%20Lawyers/BarExamination.asp. Because of the evolving nature of the current pandemic, those details are subject to change.

Should the public health environment require that the next bar examination not occur on July 28 and 29, it will be rescheduled for September 30 and October 1, 2020. If that occurs, all applicants who submitted a timely July examination application under C.R.C.P. 203.4 will be automatically registered for the September 30-October 1 bar examination, with the application fee transferred to that exam. If the September 30-October 1 bar examination cannot be held, the application fees for that examination will be automatically transferred to the February 2021 bar examination. Applicants not wishing to take the next scheduled bar examination may request a refund of the application fee and a withdrawal of the application. All requests for refunds must be made by a date to be announced by the OAA. If it should become necessary to postpone the February 2021 bar examination, the Court will address related contingencies in a later announcement.

The Court understands that the COVID-19 pandemic currently presents a number of frustrating uncertainties in the timing for licensure. As such, the Court has issued an Emergency Rule Concerning Certification for Limited Practice as a Graduate Before Admission By Examination. The rule, C.R.C.P. 205.8, is triggered if the July 2020 bar examination is postponed, and allows recent graduates to engage in supervised practice pursuant to the conditions outlined in the rule. It can be found here.

Any questions regarding this announcement may be emailed to bleinfo@csc.state.co.us .