Wednesday, December 12, 2018
The Recorder, 'Frightening' Bar Exam Results, but No Plans to Lower Passing Score: California Chief Justice:
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said Tuesday the state Supreme Court has no immediate plans to reconsider the passing score on the California bar exam despite a historically low success rate on the July test.
Fielding questions at her annual meeting with reporters in her San Francisco chambers, Cantil-Sakauye said the high court will wait to see the conclusions of two related studies, one assessing California law school students and the other considering what skills contemporary lawyers need and how those traits can be tested, before considering any action.
The pass rate on the July 2018 exam plunged to 40.7 percent, marking a 67-year low for the summer test. ...
In an op-ed last week in the Los Angeles Times, the deans of three California law schools called on the state bar, the Legislature and the state Supreme Court to lower the cut score. ...