On March 30, 2004 the Board of Law Examiners issued the following notice:

Today the New York State Board of Law Examiners announced the extension of its pilot program by which applicants eligible to take the bar examination will be permitted to use their personal laptop computers to take the essay portion of the July 27-28 bar examination only. Pilot programs conducted by the Board for previous bar examinations were highly successful. For this pilot program applicants will again be using Software Secure Inc.’s Securexam® software. It is limited to the first 500 applicants who register and complete all procedures necessary to certify their laptop for the installation of Securexam. All applicants participating in this pilot program will take the examination at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

There is a $70 non-refundable technology fee that will be paid directly to Software Secure, which will handle the registration, software download and qualification of the laptops for use at the July 2004 examination. Registration for the pilot program will open on June 1, 2004 and continue through June 30, 2004.

Software Secure developed the software technology called Securexam which provides access to word processing functionality while simultaneously blocking access to any other applications or information contained on the applicant’s laptop. Applicants must have Microsoft® Office installed on their laptops to utilize the software and participate in the program. Securexam is presently used by many educational institutions, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accounts, and some admitting jurisdictions.

For further information, interested applicants should access the Board’s website after May 15.