The Florida bar exam will take place in July, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners announced on May 6, 2020.
Test-takers will be required to wear protective masks, in addition to theSource: ABA Journal Florida Bar Exam test’s proctors and administrators. Out-of-state examinees may be required to quarantine for 14 days “or some other time period,” before the administration starts, according to a news release.
According to the state’s news release, postponing the exam remains a possibility, and the Supreme Court of Florida may reconsider the matter according to how the societal response to the COVID-19 pandemic plays out.
Governor Ron DeSantis lifted the statewide stay-at-home orders on April 29 in three stages, which first involve the reopening of stores and restaurants with certain limitations.
The Florida Bar Exam will be administered concurrently at the Tampa Convention Center and the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Test-takers will be situated at least six feet apart from one another, and the temperature of anyone allowed inside will be taken by officials from the Florida Department of Health upon entering. According to the press release, entrance to the exam will be denied to anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher.
In a related development, a professor at Barry Universty, Cathren Koehlert-Page, started a petition to request that the Florida Board of Bar Examiners consider other testing options, such as delaying the bar exam, or taking the test online. The petition asserts that taking the temperatures of everyone involved will not preclude the entrance of those who have the virus but have no symptoms.