updated 04:25 pm EDT, Wed July 30, 2008
NY Bar to hold off on Mac
Lawyers taking bar exams in New York have once again foregone the use of a Mac this year, according to information from the state's Board of Law Examiners. Since 2003, people taking the exam have been given the option of using special software, which can be preloaded on notebooks for answering the essay and MPT sections of the test. The Board has explicitly stated however that it is refusing to support "any form" of Apple product at the moment, even if is running Windows through Mac OS X Leopard's Boot Camp utility.
The current software instead requires a dedicated Windows notebook, with a 450MHz Pentium III processor and a 32-bit version of 2000, XP or Vista. The New York Times observes though that exam takers have been extremely wary, since a program used last year wiped out the essays of hundreds of applicants, even if all but 47 were recovered. For safety's sake, many people are said to have written this year's exam entirely by hand, tolerating the extra effort required.
The Board is set to approve software for Mac owners no earlier than for the February exam. "We have enough on our plate right now," says John McAlary, the group's executive director.