Bar Exam

348 ABA Journal Bar Exam articles.

California may offer more opportunities for JDs taught entirely online

If people are open to attending a non-ABA-accredited law school, they may soon have a lot more online choices in California—thanks to a recent rule change by the State Bar of California allowing state-accredited law schools to teach JD programs entirely over the internet.

Tech company accused of bar-exam grading glitch has no liability in test-takers’ suit, 11th Circuit says
Law grads who were wrongly told that they failed the Georgia bar exam can’t recover damages against the software company they accused of producing the incorrect scores, a federal appeals court has ruled.
A better bar exam? Law profs weigh in on whether test accurately measures skills required for law practice

Some lawyers say that little has changed with bar exams nationwide, and there are still concerns about whether the test accurately evaluates skills needed to practice law. Others have argued that today’s technology could handle many methods of bar exam testing than seemed impossible in 1980.

Law schools with accreditation issues see bar exam improvement, but will they hit 75% pass rate?

For a small number of schools found to be out of compliance with an ABA accreditation admissions standard, some have concerns that even with bar pass rate improvements, they still may not meet a new standard that requires pass rates of at least 75% for graduates who took a bar exam in the past two years.

Prosecutors allege law grad who failed bar exam created law firms in name of classmate
A Stetson University law graduate who failed the bar exam twice has agreed to plead guilty to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft after prosecutors accused her of creating fictitious law firms and representing clients.
Afternoon Briefs: 2019 could be ‘decent year’ for law firms; tight schedule led to bar exam leak, report says

2019 will be a ‘decent year’ for law firms, report says

Law firm revenue grew 5.1% for the first nine months of 2019, largely because of billing rate growth of…

Persistent would-be lawyer may see her 1991 bar exam results, state supreme court rules
A would-be Ohio lawyer can see her July 1991 bar exam results, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled, in the case of a persistent 1988 law grad who is still seeking admission to the bar.
Law school with bar pass rate under 75% threshold considers its future
The University of La Verne in California, which had a first-time bar passage rate of 31.49% for 2018, has assembled a committee to consider the future of its law school, following a recent change that tightened bar passage requirements for ABA-accredited law schools.
Afternoon Briefs: Trump couldn’t be prosecuted even if he shot someone, lawyer argues; Kellogg’s to pay $20M

Sitting president can’t be prosecuted even if he shot someone, Trump lawyer argues

A sitting president couldn’t be investigated and prosecuted by New York authorities even if he shot someone…

Oregon bar considering paraprofessional licensing and bar-takers without JDs
The Oregon State Bar's board of governors took major steps to liberalize rules around paraprofessional licensing and allowing people without law degrees to sit for the bar exam.
Afternoon Briefs: Florida Coastal law student sues over prep course; suit tossed over hate group label

Florida Coastal law student sues school for allegedly toughening graduation standard

A law student at Florida Coastal School of Law claims in a lawsuit that the school made it more…

Average score rises for law grads taking the multistate bar exam, a hopeful sign for bar pass rates

The average score on the July multistate bar exam has increased 1.6 points, the largest year-over-year July increase since 2008, according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

The average…

Afternoon Briefs: Alleged unlicensed PD failed ethics exam; is puppy-mill law unconstitutional?

Public defender accused of working without a license failed ethics part of bar exam

A public defender in New Orleans accused of working without a law license twice failed…

ABA legal ed section set to send various standards and rules revisions to House of Delegates
What essay questions do you remember from the bar exam?

When test-takers took the California bar exam earlier this week, some say they might have had a leg up.

An email from State Bar of California days before the…

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