Some young lawyers taking the bar exam online could see their scores canceled if they touch their face, fidget, or twirl their hair
- Candidates taking Tennessee's online
bar examin October shouldn't stand up, touch their face, or move around too much, or their scores might be canceled.
- The Tennessee Board of
LawExaminers sent an email to candidates with preliminary rules and tips for taking online exams on Friday, seen by Business Insider.
- "As a dude with Tourette's, I couldn't comply with any of these stay still requirements," commented one user on Facebook.
Bar exam candidates in Tennessee shouldn't touch their face, twirl their hair, or fidget excessively if they want to pass.
According to an email of preliminary rules and tips for the October online exam from the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners seen by Business Insider, test-takers will have to abide by a number of rules or risk having their scores canceled on suspicion of cheating.Also among the rules sent to test candidates on Friday: No paper of any kind, or standing up at any time. The Tennessee Board of Law Examiners was unable to be reached for comment at the time of publication.
The strict preliminary guidelines for the Tennessee bar exam reflect concerns over how to ensure fairness and compliance to rules in an online testing environment. This comes as more states are turning toward online versions of the test amid growing upheavals to the bar exam caused by the coronavirus pandemic, as previously reported by Business Insider. New York, the country's largest bar exam, announced on Thursday that it would be moving its exam online.The rules have also been circulating on Twitter and lawyer Facebook groups. Many to-be test-takers find these rules to be more than a little draconian. "V cool for anyone who is a sentient human being," someone commented on a screenshot of the rules posted Friday in the Facebook group, Law School Memes for Edgy T14s. The group has more than 85,000 members, and is a hub for sharing snarky memes and commiserating with fellow "3Ls, 2Ls, and those filthy 1Ls."
Others point out that the bar's strict rules are nearly impossible to adhere to when you have a disability."As a dude with Tourette's, I couldn't comply with any of these stay still requirements," commented another user on Facebook.
The National Disabled Law Students Association is circulating a survey on accessibility concerns surrounding the online bar exam.
See an excerpt from the email from the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners below:
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