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Would-be lawyer, 87, wants to try to pass the bar again, but obstacles remain

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An 87-year-old would-be lawyer wants to take another crack at the California bar exam after failing four times in the 1960s.

But Porter Davis said the California bar won’t let him try because it can’t find records of his last four attempts and can’t obtain transcripts from one of two law schools that he attended. Either record would be sufficient for Davis to take the exam, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The records were all on paper and are no longer available, Davis was told.

Davis is a retired real estate broker and former construction worker from Larkspur, California. He told the San Francisco Chronicle that he studies by “photoreading,” which consists of briefly looking at a page of his study materials, allowing the mental image to go into his subconscious. He studied 30 pages in about 30 seconds.

“I don’t believe in memorizing things,” he told the newspaper.

Davis said he has contacted a lawyer and his state assemblyman to see whether they could help his bar exam quest. Davis doesn’t plan to give up.

“This year is probably my last chance,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle. “A lot can happen when you’re 87.”

Hat tip to Above the Law.

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