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After being told they passed the bar, a group of Kentucky applicants find out otherwise

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Because of an administrative error, 15 Kentucky bar applicants were incorrectly told that they passed the October remote bar exam.

The error was caused when an applicant identifier was entered into a database spreadsheet twice and caused the scores to be misaligned, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions website said in a Dec. 4 press release.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the 15 applicants received incorrect scores Monday. On Thursday, they were notified by the agency that they did not pass the bar exam. Also, three applicants were incorrectly notified that they failed when they actually passed.

Timothy Poole, one of the bar applicants who did not pass, told the Cincinnati Enquirer that he’d already registered for the swearing-in ceremony, spent almost $200 in bar dues, and called friends and family to celebrate.

Application fees for the February 2021 bar exam will be waived for the 15 applicants.

“I know that no apology can undo the anguish and disappointment that these bar examinees and their families have endured. We sincerely regret this mistake, which was the result of a data entry error,” wrote Valetta Browne, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, on the agency’s website.

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