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Connecticut Bar Examining Committee
100 Washington Street,1st Floor
Hartford, Connecticut 06106-4411
Telephone: 860-706-5135
Hearing and speech-impaired applicants: 711 or 1-800-842-9710
E-mail the Bar Examining Committee
Office Hours: Monday-Friday  8:30am-4:30pm*
*except state holidays

May 22, 2020: The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee announces the following updates to the May 6, 2020 announcement regarding the Fall 2020 bar examination:

  1. Applications will be accepted via USPS, UPS, FedEx and DHL only. Applications will NOT be accepted from couriers or applicants who appear in person.
  2. Spring 2020 graduates are those graduating in May, June or July 2020.
  3. Applications received beyond the 500 that will be accepted will be returned to the sender.

May 6, 2020: The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee announces today the following update regarding the Fall 2020 bar examination, which will be administered on September 30 – October 1, 2020.

  1. Applications that were previously accepted during the initial filing period in March 2020 will be automatically transferred to the Fall 2020 bar examination.
  2. The maximum number of total applications that will be accepted for the Fall 2020 bar examination is 500.
  3. Applications will be accepted from June 1 to June 30, 2020. This is a firm deadline; late applications will not be accepted.
  4. The filing fee will be 800$ for all applicants.
  5. Prioritization of Applications
    • June 1 to June 12 – Applications will only be accepted from those graduating from University of Connecticut School of Law, Quinnipiac University School of Law, Western New England University School of Law, Yale Law School, or Massachusetts School of Law in Spring 2020.
    • June 15 to June 30 –Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until June 30 or until 500 total have been received, whichever occurs first. However, if the maximum number of applications has been received by June 12, 2020, then additional applications will not be accepted after that date.
  6. Those who have already applied may request refunds beginning immediately. Requests must be in writing with an original signature and must be received by June 12, 2020.

April 24, 2020: As previously indicated, the July 2020 bar examination has been postponed. The examination will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, September 30 and October 1, 2020 at the CT Convention Center in Hartford, CT. Additional information, including the dates on which application will be accepted and new deadlines for documentation, will be announced shortly.

April 1, 2020: The CT Bar Examining Committee office will be minimally staffed for a limited number of hours during the week moving forward. Applicants may not deliver documentation in person to the office until further notice. The office will continue to receive mail. Those making inquiries by email or voice mail message should expect a delay in receiving a response. Please continue to check our website for additional updates.

Update On the July 2020 Bar Exam: Due to the ongoing public health emergency arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Connecticut bar examination will not be administered on July 28 – 29, 2020 as previously scheduled. The bar exam has been postponed until fall, on dates to be determined.

The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee will suspend acceptance of applications after March 31, 2020, and will announce the rescheduled dates for the examination and for an extended application filing period. Applicants who have already filed for the July 2020 bar exam will have their application and fee automatically applied to the fall exam.

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July 2020 Bar Examination Fees and Deadlines:

  • First filing deadline: $800 (Applications received February 28, 2020 – March 31, 2020)
  • Final filing deadline: $900 (Applications received April 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020)

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The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee was established in 1891. Practice Book Rule 2-3 provides for a Committee of twenty-four members charged with the responsibility of determining whether candidates are qualified to be admitted to the Connecticut bar. The Committee prepares and administers the bar examination and investigates the character and fitness of each candidate for admission. The Committee recommends to the court those who have passed the bar examination, possess good moral character, and have complied with the rules of court and the regulations of the Committee governing admission to the bar.
Exam dates Exam site Results date
25/26 February 2020 CT Convention Center in Hartford 24 April 2020
30 September/1 October 2020 CT Convention Center in Hartford TBD
23/24 February 2021 CT Convention Center in Hartford TBA
27/28 July 2021 CT Convention Center in Hartford TBA
22/23 February 2022 CT Convention Center in Hartford TBA
26/27 July 2022 CT Convention Center in Hartford TBA

Bar Examining Committee Officers and Members

Hon. Anne C. Dranginis, Chair, Litchfield (Ret.)
Denise Martino Phelan, Vice Chair, Hartford
Matthew Wax-Krell, Treasurer, Hartford
Karen L. Karpie, Secretary, Bridgeport
Raymond L. Baribeault, Jr., New London
Deborah L. Bradley, Rocky Hill
Kevin C. Connors, Willimantic
Erick I. Diaz, Farmington
Hon. Nina Elgo, Hartford
Edward J. Gavin, Bridgeport
Eric M. Gross, Bridgeport
Hon. C. Ian McLachlan, Hartford (Ret.)
Gail McTaggart, Waterbury
David A. Moraghan, Torrington
Sharon A. Peters, Portland
Timothy P. Pothin, New Haven
Amir Shaikh, Vernon
Robert D. Silva, Hartford
Alix Simonetti, New Haven
Hon. Elliot N. Solomon, Hartford
Martha S. Triplett, Wallingford
Frederic S. Ury, Fairfield
Abby M. Warren, Hartford
Perry Zinn-Rowthorn, Hartford

Administrative Office

Kathleen B. Harrington, Deputy Director, Attorney Services Jessica F. Kallipolites, Administrative Director
Lisa Valko, Program Manager

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