Feb. 3, 2021: We have heard of reports of problems with the facial recognition software in the past and how those problems may have had a disparate impact on racial minorities. We acknowledge the concerns raised and take them seriously. We are using the best available information to eliminate and reduce barriers and biases as much as possible. We also want to clarify how identity verification issues and flagging will be handled.
Applicants will not be prevented from taking the exam due to identity verification issues
As in the case of the in-person exam, we will be confirming applicants identities immediately prior to each exam session. For the remote exam, Exam ID will take a baseline photo during the first mock exam which will then be used to compare with the photo taken at the start of each session. Examinees have complete control over which photo to submit and can override any suggestions by the software for a better picture. The software does not notify examinees of the identity confirmation results. This process will run in the background and will not prevent any applicants from proceeding with the administration of the exam due to identity confirmation issues. Any issues with identity as indicated by the software will be resolved manually by WSBA employees after the exam. Examinees will be contacted about identity issues only if there is some question about their identify that cannot be resolved by staff comparison of the photos.
Applicants will not be interrupted during exam sessions due to flagging
The ExamMonitor software will record the examinee and the examinee’s screen during the entire session. ExamSoft’s artificial intelligence (AI) program will be applied to the recordings after the monitoring files have been uploaded to ExamSoft. Certain behaviors by the examinee will cause the software to flag that point in the recording for review after the exam. All flagged footage is then reviewed by at least one human proctor to determine whether further analysis is necessary. Because the flags are applied to the recordings after the exam, examinees will not be delayed in starting the exam sessions and will not be interrupted during the exam sessions. All flags not resolved by ExamSoft’s proctors will be reviewed by WSBA staff after the exam and most of them will be found to be benign behavior. For example, AI might flag a dog barking in the background but that would be cleared upon human review. Examinees will be contacted about flags only if there is some question about their behavior during an exam session.
Jan. 21, 2021: Please review the Examsoft FAQs
Dec. 3, 2020: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on Dec. 3, 2020, the Washington Supreme Court issued an order authorizing the Washington State Bar Association to administer the winter 2021 bar exam remotely. A remote exam means that you will be able to take the exam using your computer at any location with a reliable internet connection. There will not be an in-person exam in Tacoma as previously scheduled. In addition, the court temporarily lowered the minimum passing score for the UBE to 266.
The exam will remain the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), will consist of the same components as the in-person exam, and will produce a transferrable UBE score. Note: Confirm with the corresponding UBE jurisdiction on whether or not the remote UBE exam score will be accepted in that jurisdiction. Applicants will be required to use Examsoft’s testing software to take the remote exam. As with any testing software, applicants will pay the software fee directly to Examsoft during the registration period.
You may transfer your application and fee to the July 2021 bar examination which is scheduled to take place in Yakima, Washington. Alternatively, you may choose to withdraw from the exam completely by the appropriate deadline and receive a partial refund. Note: The online application system is currently unavailable. To amend, supplement, request to transfer or withdraw your online application, please contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will provide additional information here as it becomes available.
Nov. 1, 2020: We are currently working on a new online admissions portal. As such, new accounts or applications for the summer 2021 bar examination are not available at this time. New online accounts and applications for the summer 2021 bar exam will be available again on Feb. 1, 2021. If you have an online account and started an application but have not yet submitted the application, you will be required to start a new application for the summer 2021 bar exam beginning Feb. 1, 2021.
Next Lawyer Bar Exam
Summer 2021 Exam
July 27-28, 2021
Exam Site Locations:
The exam will be either administered in-person at Yakima, WA or will be remotely administered. Decision on the administration method of the exam to be determined at a later date.
Application Filing Deadlines:
March 5, 2021 (timely filing), April 5, 2021 (late filing fee $300), May 5, 2021 (failed the previous Washington winter exam only with no late fee)
Exam Results Posted to Applicant's Online Account for February 2021 Exam:
April 9, 2021, 8 a.m. PT
Other Lawyer Bar Exam Dates
Feb. 22-23, 2022, at the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima, Washington.
To take the Washington lawyer bar exam, you must meet the qualifications stated in Washington Supreme Court Admission and Practice Rule (APR) 3. In all cases, you must establish that you possess good moral character and the requisite fitness to practice law.
To qualify to take the lawyer bar exam, you must have:
- graduated from an ABA-accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree; or
- completed the Washington Supreme Court APR 6 Law Clerk Program; or
- graduated with a Juris Doctor from any U.S. law school and earned an LLM degree that meets the requirements of Washington Supreme Court APR 3 from an ABA-approved law school; or
- graduated from a university or law school outside of the U.S. with a degree in law that qualifies the applicant to practice law in that jurisdiction and earned an LLM degree that meets the requirements of Washington Supreme Court APR 3 from an ABA-approved law school; or
- been admitted to the practice of law in any jurisdiction where the common law of England is the basis of its jurisprudence and has legal experience for at least three of the five years immediately preceding the filing of the application.
Please Note : All applicants are subject to a character and fitness review prior to being admitted to practice law in Washington. Factors considered by Admissions staff and Bar Counsel when determining whether an applicant should be referred to the Character and Fitness Board are set forth in Washington Supreme Court Admission and Practice Rules (APR) 20-24.2(a).
Any discrepancy or conflict between the information provided here and the rules and regulations set by the Washington Supreme Court, or the Bylaws and policies of the Washington State Bar Association, is unintentional and will be resolved in favor of strict compliance with the rules, regulations, Bylaws and policies.