Paul L. Caron

Friday, August 28, 2020

California Legislature Holds Hearing On Retroactive Application Of Lower Bar Exam Cut Score

Above the Law, California Holds Hearing On Retroactive Bar Exam Score Resolution:

California Bar ExamCalifornia Assembly member Mark Stone, Chair of the Judiciary Committee, took the podium on Wednesday to advocate for HR 103, the resolution imploring the California Supreme Court to reconsider its bizarre decision side-stepping the petitions before it to close off any retroactive application of the new cut score.

Stone outlines the longstanding diversity issues with the California bar and the access to justice problem that an influx of highly talented attorneys — they would still have to have an absurdly high 1390 to be admitted under this plan — could address.

But most persuasively he sits on the argument that the California bar already accepts five-year-old scores as fully valid and indicative of the applicant’s bar exam acumen, rendering it silly to deny entry to scores within that period that meet the new score.

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Maybe we can hint that they're racist. You know, to pressure them to do whatever. It works for everything else.

Posted by: Anon | Aug 31, 2020 2:41:29 PM

An identifiable cohort of marginally (thus retroactively) bar passing lawyers would present a unique research opportunity. If they don't have at least a few more problems than average over time, then considering typical statistical distribution patterns, does that suggest the passing score should be lower still? Or that the current test type is unhelpful?

Posted by: Anand Desai | Aug 29, 2020 11:36:12 PM