Paul L. Caron

Friday, July 17, 2020

California To Give Online Bar Exam On Oct. 5-6, Permanently Lower Cut Score, Provide Provisional Licensure For Class Of 2020 Grads

California Supreme Court:

California State Bar (2014)The California Supreme Court on Thursday announced it will permanently lower the passing score for the California Bar Exam and released plans for an October test administered online.

The court’s letter to State Bar of California trustees includes the following measures for exam takers and 2020 law school graduates:

  • The California Bar Exam will be administered online on October 5-6
  • The court directed the State Bar to extend registration for the October exam through July 24; 
  • The court permanently lowered the passing score from 1440 [2d highest in country, after DE] to 1390 [4th highest, after DE, OR, NV, VA]; 
  • The court directed the State Bar to expedite creation of a provisional licensure program under supervision to 2020 law school graduates—effective until they can take and pass a California bar exam, and expiring no later than June 1, 2022.

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The logic underlying this move is, sadly, nowhere near the end of the line. The next logically required step is to adjust for the worse legal outcomes reached by these substandard lawyers. I can see it now, "Oh, the lawyer who reviewed your contract missed several key matters and your legal options are's go to the judge and get that bad result 'adjusted' because, well, you know, systemic racism."

Posted by: L | Jul 17, 2020 8:54:40 AM