calendar_today December 18 2023, By Pieper Bar Review


Updated December 18 2023. Originally published December 18 2023

Just days after Kentucky announced its adoption of the NextGen Bar Exam, Nebraska became the ninth state to announce its adoption of the test starting with its July 2027 Bar Exam.  Nebraska has been administering the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) since 2013.  

The National Conference of Bar Examiners plans to release its first NextGen Bar Exam in July 2026, but will continue to prepare the UBE to allow states the opportunity to decide whether they like the format of the NextGen exam, and to provide law schools in states like Nebraska time to align their curricula with the subjects and skills tested on the new exam.  

The NextGen Exam will test on fewer subjects than the UBE, requiring knowledge of:

Civil Procedure
Contract Law
Business Associations
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law
Real Property
Family Law

As for skills, bar candidates preparing for the NextGen exam will need to be familiar with:

Legal Research
Legal Writing
Issue Spotting and Analysis
Investigation and Evaluation
Client Counseling and Advising
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
Client Relationship and Management

It is likely that many more states will be adopting the NextGen exam in the coming weeks and months.  


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