Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Why Did California Flag So Many More Potential Episodes Of Cheating On Its Online Bar Exam Than Other States?

Following up on my previous posts:

ABA Journal, While Many Jurisdictions Had Few or No Online Bar Exam Testing Violations, California Had Many:

Following the administration of the first online remotely proctored bar exam in October, California appears to have sent out significantly more notices of potential testing violations than other large jurisdictions.

The state had 8,920 people complete the October remote exam. At a December bar examiners committee meeting, it was disclosed that 3,190 applicants had their tests flagged for review. Of the 432 violation notices it sent, the bar announced Jan. 8 that 47 had been affirmed and six were pending. ...

By comparison, New York had a total of 5,150 remote test-takers and investigated 13 candidates, John McAlary, executive director of the New York State Board of Law Examiners, told the Journal in an email. Nine of the 13 matters were closed with no further action, and four are pending, according to him. ...

The Journal asked a California bar spokesperson why the jurisdiction sent out significantly more violation notices than others did; a response was not available at press time.

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