New York Bar Exam Problems
June 20, 2004

Yes, we know taking the bar exam is tough. But try organizing the tests.

The New York State Board of Law Examiners has put out a call for thousands of six-foot tables -- and the chairs to go with them -- to accommodate the roughly 4,000 people who will flock to Albany July 27 and 28 to take the grueling exam.

And it's not just tables and chairs that are needed.

The board needs meeting space throughout the city to hold the exams. It needs printers to print the tests, and secure vaults to keep them locked up. And it need security guards to watch over them.

But finding vendors with enough suitable tabletops and seats is always a tough one, said Nancy Carpenter, executive director of the Board of Law Examiners.

"We literally use just about all of the banquet tables and chairs throughout the state," she said. "They really have to scrape to supply us."