Adjunct Law Prof Blog

Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

More states consider adopting a national bar exam

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."

You can read the full story from USA Today here as well as the online ABA Journal's coverage here.


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I am all for consumers seeing their legal bills drop. However, I would like someone to address law-student consumers who also deserve to see their tuition bills drop. Unfortunately, law school tuitions are increasing exponentially (on top of previous exponential increases) with increasing numbers of students enrolling. Perhaps if law school tuitions were not exorbitantly higher than when the law school administrators themselves were in law schools, current lawyers would not need to charge as much to consumers of their services. Private schools are now charging over $40,000 a year in tuition. Public law schools are charging out of state students over $50,000 a year, while still charging in-state tuitions of over $20,000 a year. Yet, NOBODY in the legal academia seems to be saying a peep.

Posted by: Sujan Vasavada | Nov 24, 2009 12:29:07 PM

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