Category Archive: The Bar Exam

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What’s LSAT got to do with it?

As you may have heard, bar passage rates aren’t looking stellar this year, and a lot of people are trying to figure out why and what to do about it.
There aren’t too many concrete numbers that can be examined in relation to bar passage rates – for instance, it’s difficult to compare GPAs across different law schools to determine whether a student’s GPA correlates to success on the bar, because different schools may curve or weigh grades differently.

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Early Bar Exam Results (And What They Mean for You)

Results are starting to trickle in from the July 2015 bar exam, and a first glance at the numbers shows that they’re not encouraging – the average score on the multiple-choice section of the exam has reached its lowest levels since 1988.

This news comes on the heels of last year’s results, when bar exam results had the single biggest drop since the bar exam started. Those results led to lots of finger-pointing – the National Conference of Bar Examiners stated that the people who took the July 2014 bar exam were “less able” than their predecessors. (More on that in a second.)

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The Uniform Bar Exam: LSAT Part Two

If you’re studying for the LSAT right now, you probably think it is a pretty terrible test that requires a lot of work and preparation. I hate to break it to you, but law school life doesn’t get easier after you pass the initial hurdle of the LSAT. In fact, the LSAT isn’t even the most difficult entry exam you’ll have to take on your way to becoming a lawyer. A few months after you graduate, you’ll have to take the bar exam.

With passage rates lower than 50% in some states, the bar exam is a daunting challenge. You’ll be tested on everything you supposedly learned over the course of your time in law school and then some. Given that I can’t remember a fraction of what I learned last semester, I can’t even begin to describe how unpleasant that sounds.

Even after you pass the bar, you might not be done.