January 10, 2024

Investigating the Benefits of Live Remote Proctor of Bar Exam

Academic and Bar Success


This grant funded a study of the effectiveness of Live Remote Proctoring (LRP) for California’s First-Year Law Students’ Examination (also known as the “baby bar”). It focused on test performance, the experiences of examinees, and rates of examination violations.

The study’s results indicate a minor increase in overall examination performance when LRP is used, as well as a downturn in examination violations. However, women performed significantly worse under LRP than men, suggesting that more research is necessary to determine whether and how LRP affects different demographic groups.

Finally, many examinees expressed a preference for automated proctoring systems rather than LRP, citing the latter’s intrusiveness and technical challenges.