Sunday, February 20, 2011
It depends on the state, of course. The National Jurist online has published a summary of information on the bars in all 50 states. What surprises me is how much states vary in what they charge. For example, Maryland charges $275; Virginia, $275; Montana $150. At the high end, some states charge over $1000—for example, Missouri charges $1,215; Oklahoma, $1,050. North Carolina comes close at $950. I discern no rhyme or reason for the disparities. All states engage in essentially the same tasks, and the cost of labor can’t vary that much from state to state. The only explanation seems to be that some states want a hefty profit margin on their bar exam activities.