Bar Examiner

Supervise the bar exam, from creating content to administering to grading.
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Salary Range
$34,000 – $107,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Bar Examiners do?

Bar Examiners write and administer portions of the bar examination, which is an exam that law school graduates must pass to become practicing Lawyers. While most people take tests — spelling tests, math tests, and standardized tests like the SAT or ACT, or hearing tests, Driver ’s tests, and blood tests — you’re one of the lucky few who get to sit on the other side, creating and giving them.

The bar exam varies by state and typically takes several days to complete. Generally, though, it consists of several essay questions about state law and basic legal principles, as well as a 200-question standardized test that covers common law across the United States. If you’re a Bar Examiner on a state or national board, your duties might include writing exam questions, choosing exam locations and criteria, creating exam procedures, developing and enforcing exam rules, serving as a Test Proctor, grading completed exams, and re-grading exams when test takers appeal their score.

Simply put: You collaborate on the content and requirements of the bar exam. That makes you so much more than a test proctor: you’re a gatekeeper for the entire legal profession!

Should I be a Bar Examiner?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: E-tailer, Rules Examiner

    How to become a Bar Examiner

    We recommend at least an Associate's degree. Check out these schools offering Bar Examiner-related education!
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