The Nevada Bar Study was suspended shortly after the February 2020 launch as another casualty of the COVID-19 lockdown. The exam itself was modified to allow a remote format.
The primary change to the August 2020 and February 2021 exams was the omission of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). Now, via the Nevada Bar Study, examiners seek to learn whether the MBE is a valid measure of minimum competence, and they seek to determine the validity of the exam.
The Nevada Bar Study seeks participation from those Nevada lawyers who passed the bar exam within the last five years, including attorneys who took the traditional exam and those who took the remote bar exam in August 2020. Each lawyer will receive a general explanation of the study, including the security measures in place to ensure confidentiality. All participants will receive CLE credits.
Examiners need 30 to 50 percent of lawyers from the potential pool of 500 lawyers who are targets for the study. A “soft launch” of the survey is anticipated for September 9 with a full launch planned for September 23, and completion of the study December 22.
The data generated from the surveys will be validated and analyzed. The examiners anticipate that the initial draft report should be completed in mid-April 2022. The final report will be made available to each participant, the court, and the bar at large.