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Is the California Bar Exam really that hard?

California has always had a reputation for having a very tough bar exam, perhaps going beyond a test of minimal competence. In fact, the passage rates on the California bar are so low that now it seems that the cut-off score for passing the bar in California will be lowered by the Supreme Court of California (the legal profession in each state is regulated by that state’s highest court) sometime in the fall or winter. What’s more, the new, lower cut-off will apply retroactively to people who fail the bar exam this July.

The reason for this score shakeup is that the California bar exam is too tough. Let’s see how tough it really is.

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A Rant Against the Bar from Someone Who, Unrelated, Just Started Studying for the Bar

The bar exam is a waste of time. I’m not sure why it exists. So here goes my rant against the bar exam.

Sophisticated parties like corporations, government departments, and law firms don’t need the bar exam to tell them who can handle their legal work. These organizations have both the self-interest and the ability to do their own vetting. In fact, pretty much everyone at these organizations is hired out of law school years before they sit for the bar exam. So who’s the bar exam supposed to protect?

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Is the Bar Exam Getting Less Terrible?

Ugh, the bar exam. After the third year of law school, and closely following law review work, the bar exam is the next biggest drag in a young lawyer’s career. It’s supposed to be a minimum competency test, but making everyone cram the same general legal knowledge, no matter what kind of law they will go on to practice, only to never use this knowledge again, seems rather bizarre.

There are some signs of hope on the horizon, but first …

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Law Schools Are Interested In Whether You Pass The Bar

Last year, bar exam passage-rates fell to a near all-time low, leading some to question whether bar exam administration is a problem or whether schools are failing to do enough to prepare their students. Both states and schools are trying to respond to the issue by making changes. For example, New York just opted to

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Logical Reasonings / 4.7.16

A. Now there’s another reason for George Mason University to reconsider naming it’s law school after Antonin Scalia, the first of course being that the acronym (at least originally) was ASSoL. NBC News

B. Yet more proof that rocking the LSAT pays dividends down the road, because, really, who wants to take the bar exam multiple times? Above the Law

C. New Star Wars trailer! New. Star Wars. Trailer. NEWSTARWARSTRAILERNEWSTARWARSTRAILERNEWSTARWARSTRAILER! NEW STAR WARS TRAILER! Youtube

D. Planned Parenthood is suing Indiana over its new, draconian anti-abortion law. Reuters

E. And, finally, in you-just-knew-the-Germans-hadn’t-really-changed-as-much-as-they-claim news, a German professor was arrested in Rome after a HUMAN SKULL was found in his luggage. The Daily Mail

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Logical Reasonings / 3.4.16

A. Sooooo, apparently there’s a knife that was found on OJ Simpson’s estate way back in the 90’s and given to a police officer. The officer just kinda forgot about it for 20 or so years, you know, NBD. CNN

B. When it meets next week in Phoenix, the American Bar Association will consider requiring 75% bar passage rate within to years of graduation for law schools to maintain accreditation. The Wall Street Journal

C. Aurora theater mass-shooter James Holmes got transferred to an undisclosed, out-of-state prison because he got assaulted in the prison he was in. We’re pretty much okay with him just staying put and getting assaulted. Newsweek

D. Monkeys are now able to control wheelchairs with their minds. We’re pretty sure this is the backstory of Planet of the Apes. CBS News

E. Been waiting all your life for chocolate Easter bunnies with the face of Benedict Cumberbatch? You have? That is really creepy. Just click this link and show yourself out, okay? Bored Panda

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Logical Reasonings / 2.10.16

A. Check out this post from friend-of-the-blog and Jones Day super lawyer Rachel Gezerseh about studying for the dreaded bar exam with a newborn baby. Eek! ABA for Law Students

B. Time is running out to get 30 days’ free access to all of Blueprint’s online resources. Enroll now, using promo code FEBFREE at checkout! Blueprint LSAT

C. In justice-delayed-might-not-be-justice-denied news, an octogenarian priest has been arrested in connection with a 55-year-old murder case. CNN

D. The 2016 election carnage was widespread today, with two hopefuls – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and businesswoman Carly Fiorina – dropping out. Reuters

E. Aaaaaaand, finally… haha, hoho, whew! In this hilarious practical joke, some @#$%! threw an alligator into a drive-thru window. What a charming little imp! The Sun-Sentinel

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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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Logical Reasonings / 10.22.15

A. Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Hearing quickly turned into a shouting match. New York Times

B. Northwestern Law School received $100 million Pritzker gift. Chicago Tribune

C. The recent spike in law school applications could lead to tougher competition for admissions. The Daily Campus

D. Failed the Bar Exam? Now what? Above the Law

E. Is it possible to love anything as much as this Shiba Inu loves digging holes in the sand? Mashable