Tuesday, November 24, 2009
To follow up on a story Professor Rubinstein blogged about earlier, USA Today is reporting that several more states are now considering adopting a uniform bar exam while other jurisdictions still have reservations.
Missouri has been out front with implementation of a uniform bar exam and could give the first one as early as 2010, says Kellie Early, Missouri Board of Law Examiners executive director. Jurisdictions including Colorado, the District of Columbia, Minnesota, New Hampshire and North Dakota are among those considering a uniform exam, bar officials in those jurisdictions say. Others, including officials from New York, Delaware and California, say they have reservations about the idea
Advocates of a uniform bar exam say that the advantages would benefit both attorneys who would be able to more easily between jurisdictions as well as consumers who could see their legal bills drop. "A uniform exam also 'levels the playing field' and could address concerns about bias against historically underrepresented groups in admission to the bar, said Micah Yarbrough, director of bar programs at Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Del."