New York July Bar Exam pass rate falls compared to 2020

November 11, 2021

ABA JOURNAL — The overall pass rate for the July bar exam in New York is 63%, the New York State Board of Law Examiners announced Oct. 28. A total of 9,227 candidates took the remote exam, according to a news release. It compares the July 2021 results to the July 2019 exam because both were a….

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Bar exam takers in California await results amid national trend of lower scores

November 11, 2021

REUTERS — New York released the results of its July bar exam late last week, leaving California as the last major jurisdiction with test takers still awaiting their scores. The Golden State—which traditionally has the second-largest number of bar examinees behind New York—is not expected to report results until Nov. 12. Bar exam results are important not….

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Examining the history and evolution of the bar exam

November 11, 2021

ABA FOR LAW STUDENTS — Each year, thousands of law students prepare for the notable bar exam, a test of knowledge and skills which students must pass to obtain their license. Over the years, many students have spent strenuous hours studying for the exam, but the exam has not always been this daunting. If you’re looking to….

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A look at bar exam pass rates for Texas and Pennsylvania

November 4, 2021

JDJ JOURNAL — With an overall pass rate of 68.29%, Texas has recorded nearly the same pass rate as the July 2019 bar exam, which was the last time the bar exam was held in July in the state before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. A total of 3,144 candidates appeared for the exam (excluding 10 courtesy….

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New York July Bar Exam pass rates fall over previous year and return to longer test

November 4, 2021

BLOOMBERG LAW — Fewer than two-thirds of test takers passed the New York bar exam in July, a drop from the previous year when examinees faced fewer questions and had longer to prepare. The 63% pass rate, down from 84% in October 2020, was for a longer and more arduous test compared with the one last year….

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Following repeat problems with remote bar exam, California releases investigation findings

October 27, 2021

ABA JOURNAL — Out of more than 7,000 people who took the July 2021 California bar exam, about 31% experienced software issues. But those problems didn’t result in losses of testing time, the State Bar of California announced Monday. According to a news release, 2% of examinees lost testing time because of software issues. The agency is….

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Michigan adopts Uniform Bar Exam

October 27, 2021

REUTERS — Michigan is poised to begin using the Uniform Bar Exam in July 2022 following a ruling by the state’s highest court, making it the 41st jurisdiction to adopt the universal test. That change will allow Michigan test takers to transfer their scores for admission in other UBE jurisdictions without having to retake the bar exam.….

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Several jurisdictions plan return to in-person bar exams in February

October 27, 2021

ABA JOURNAL — The February 2022 bar exam for California will be administered in person, the California Supreme Court announced in a Wednesday order. Various jurisdictions have made similar announcements, including New York, Illinois and Texas. The news follows a June announcement from the National Conference of Bar Examiners, stating that unless there are public health restrictions,….

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AccessLex Institute makes bar exam prep courses available at no cost for 4,000 law graduates

October 20, 2021

ACCESSLEX INSTITUTE — Leading legal education nonprofit AccessLex Institute is pleased to announce the launch of Helix Bar Review by AccessLex®, the only national nonprofit bar preparation program. Consistent with its history and mission of working to improve access for the next generation of lawyers and create a more diverse legal profession, AccessLex is offering more….

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Texas Board of Law Examiners releases July 2021 bar exam results

October 20, 2021

REUTERS — The COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t appear to have hurt the performance of law graduates who sat for the Texas bar exam in July. The overall pass rate for that full-length, in-person exam was 68%, according to figures released Friday by the Texas Board of Law Examiners. That’s the same pass rate as the July 2019 test,….

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