Minnesota Board of Law Examiners Committee Sets First Four Meeting Dates

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The Minnesota Board of Law Examiners has scheduled the first four meetings of its comprehensive two-year study of the bar examination for the following dates and times:

September 21, 2021: 2:30 to 4:00 – The first meeting will be conducted via Zoom. The link for the meeting is provided in the agenda.
• October 6, 2021: 2:30 to 4:00
• November 8, 2021: 1:30 to 3:00
• December 8, 2021: 2:30 to 4:00

The agenda will be posted in advance of the meeting. With the exception of the first meeting, a portion of each meeting will be allocated for public comments. If you wish to speak on this issue, please send a written request to Tom Boyd, Chair of the Committee, c/o the Board of Law Examiners’ Office at 180 E. 5th Street, Suite 950, MN 55101 or ble@mbcle.state.mn.us, at least one week in advance of the committee. Written submissions are also welcome.

Minnesota Board of Law Examiners Announces Comprehensive Study

The Minnesota Board of Law Examiners (Board) announces its plans to commence a comprehensive two-year study of the bar examination for the purpose of providing the Minnesota Supreme Court with a report and recommendations no later than June 1, 2023. Additional details may be found here.

Order Issued Effective May 1, 2021

The Minnesota Supreme Court has issued an Order dated March 1, 2021, granting the Board’s Petition to amend Rules 4 and Rules 10 of the Rules for Admission to the Bar to broaden the pathways for admission in Minnesota for foreign educated graduates. The revisions to the Rules are effective May 1, 2021. As discussed in the Order, the Board will continue to study this issue.

Minnesota Supreme Court Issues Order Denying Petition for Proposed Temporary Waiver of Bar Examination Requirement

The Minnesota Supreme Court has issued an Order Denying Petition for Proposed Temporary Waiver of Bar Examination Requirement and Provision of Emergency Diploma Privilege. The July 14, 2020 Order may be found here.

Order Issued Effective July 1, 2020

The Minnesota Supreme Court has granted the Board’s Petition to adopt the revised Supervised Practice Rules, effective July 1, 2020.  The language of the revised Rules can be found here.

Public Notice Related to Status of Foreign Legal Education Issue

The Minnesota Board of Law Examiners has been carefully studying the issue of foreign legal education. The Board has posted additional information related to this issue here and requests additional input on or before June 1, 2020. You may send that to the Board office at 180 E. 5th Street, Suite 950, St. Paul, MN 55101 or to ble@mbcle.state.mn.us.

Early Bar Exam Committee Files Report

On February 14, 2019, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued an Order referring the issue of permitting third year law students to sit for the Minnesota Bar Examination to the Director of the Board of Law Examiners for further study. On May 31, 2019, the Committee filed an Interim Report advising the Court of the names of the individuals serving on the Early Bar Exam Committee and providing additional information on the Committee’s schedule. On March 2, 2020, the Early Bar Exam Committee filed its Report and Recommendation with the Court.

 

Order Issued Effective April 1, 2020

The Minnesota Supreme Court has promulgated Rule changes effective April 1, 2020.  Additional information can be found here.

Minnesota Board of Law Examiners Continues to Discuss Foreign Legal Education

On November 9, 2019, the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners requested that interested parties submit comments related to foreign legal education on or before December 31, 2019.  Additional information can be found here.  The Board received 15 written submissions, including 7 requests to speak at the February 5, 2020, public hearing.  The public hearing was held on February 5, 2020, at 8 A.M. The agenda is here.  Although the formal public comment period is closed, the Board welcomes additional information on this issue.  You may send that to the Board office at 180 E. 5th Street, Suite 950, St. Paul, MN 55101 or to ble@mbcle.state.mn.us.

The Board is carefully reviewing this matter and anticipates providing additional information late spring.

Minnesota Board of Law Examiners Seeks Comments Related to Foreign Legal Education

The Minnesota Board of Law Examiners is seeking comments related to foreign legal education.  Additional information can be found here.  The deadline for comments and requests to present oral testimony at a public hearing to be scheduled late January/early February is December 31, 2019.