Following up on my previous post, California Bar Exam Pass Rate Sinks To All-Time Low: 27.3%: Medium, “Go F*ck Yourself” — State Bar of California:
The fact that California has the worst bar exam in the country with consistently the lowest passage rates is, well, a well-known fact. Yet, not one that seems to bother the California State Bar enough. In a statement released May 18th, 2018, (the date the February 2018 results were released at 6 pm), the Executive Director of the State Bar of California, Leah T. Wilson, did not feel the need to mention that the most recent results were the worst passage rates since 1951, with an abysmal 27.3% of test-takers passing the exam. Ms. Wilson did however, “acknowledge a low overall pass rate,” and bring up something called the “Productive Mindset Intervention Program”:
In order to help improve performance on the bar exam, we recently launched the Productive Mindset Intervention Program. Through this program and ongoing study, we hope to better understand the downward trend of bar exam pass rates.
As one of the 3, 418 out of 4, 701 test takers for the February 2018 exam who received the crushing news that we failed on May 18th, I was very interested in the “Productive Mindset Intervention Program” that had been “recently launched.” The same statement continues:
“The Productive Mindset Intervention Program will be available to applicants beginning with the July 2018 Bar Exam. This program is a partnership with researchers at Stanford University, the University of Southern California, and Indiana University. The program is designed to improve exam performance across the board.”
Well, gee. This program sounds really great! You may be wondering, as I was, “How do I sign up?” The answer is: You can’t! Haha!
No, seriously. You can no longer sign up for the program that, according to the Executive Director of the State Bar of California on May 18th, had just been “recently launched” for the July 2018 exam. I found this out by calling the Los Angeles Office of Admissions and asking for information on how to enroll in the program. I was told that the deadline for enrollment was May 14th, 2018. Some might find that an odd date to choose, as it is four days before the Bar Exam results were released. Meaning that anyone who had failed the February administration and would be registering for the July exam had missed the enrollment deadline for a program designed to improve their performance in July. ...
May 29, 2018 in Legal Education | Permalink
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