The summer bar exam is up in the air because of the coronavirus, and that leaves some 46,000 law students in limbo who are waiting to take the high-stakes testBy JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated PressApril 9, 2020, 1:06 PM6 min readCOLUMBUS, Ohio — One of Emily Hughes’ first memories after entering law school at the University of Cincinnati in 2017 is an assistant dean scrawling “July 28-29, 2020” across a chalkboard. “Does anyone know what these dates are?” he asked. One student hummed the graduation march. But, no. It was the date of the bar exam. The educator advised students not to get married, have a baby or host a party during the three-month study period leading up to the test, said Hughes, 25. “We have been planning around it for three years,” she said. “They tell us horror stories just to let us know how stressful and important this test is. And now it’s all very uncertain.” Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization that develops the exam — the National Conference of Bar Examiners — has raised the possibility that the July test may not be offered because it requires hundreds of students and monitors to gather in a


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