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- The state bar examination is a test that law school graduates are required to pass in order to practice law in a specific jurisdiction. The bar exam is usually conducted two or three times a year, depending on the state. As a recent standard rule, the bar exam is always held on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of every February and July of a calendar year. Historically, this was not always the case. The State Bar Exam Records contains materials that reveal how the early twentieth century bar examinations in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania did not limit the test to be administered in February and July. Instead, New Jersey administered the bar examination three times a year: February, June, and November; Pennsylvania administered the bar examination two times a year: July and December; and New York administered the bar examination three times a year: January, June, and October.
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