Following up on last week's post, Only 5% Of Black First-Time Takers Passed February California Bar Exam, Compared To 52% Of Whites, 42% Of Asians, And 31% Of Hispanics:
The Recorder, California Lawmakers Urge Court to Lower Passing Score for Next Bar Exam:
Four state lawmakers have called on the California Supreme Court to immediately drop the score required to pass the bar exam, saying the test has a “racially discriminatory impact” on would-be lawyers.
In a June 18 letter to justices, the Democratic lawmakers cite the historically low 26.8% pass rate on the February exam. While half of whites taking the exam for the first time passed, the success rates for Asian applicants (28%), Latinos (25%) and African Americans (18%) were markedly lower.
“Most alarmingly, only five percent of Black first-time bar exam takers who graduated California ABA-accredited law schools passed,” according to the letter signed by Assembly Judiciary Chairman Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, Public Safety Chairman Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Latino Caucus Chairwoman Lorena Gonzalez and Legislative Black Caucus Chairwoman Shirley Weber.
California requires a score of at least 1,440 out of a possible 2,000 to pass, the second-highest mark in the nation behind Delaware’s 1,450. The lawmakers asked the court to set the passing score at no more than 1,388.
(Hat Tip: Selina Farrell)