Saturday, June 11, 2016

What’s Wrong with Bar Exams?

At a recent gathering of law deans, Dean Darby Dickerson (Texas Tech) identified the deficiencies:

Dean Dickerson also identified a number of problems with the bar exam: excessive emphasis on memorization (which doesn’t accurately reflect the practice of law, where you look things up); testing too many topics (when lawyers need to know just a few); insufficient emphasis on lawyering skills (although some bars are improving on this front); insufficient portability from state to state (although the spread of the Uniform Bar Exam could help); not letting people take the bar until after graduation (but note the Arizona pilot program); and the high cost of bar exam prep courses.

You can read a lot more on the concerns of law deans here, at Above the Law.


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The high cost of bar exam prep courses? Compared to what, the law school tuition? Heck, skip law school, take the prep courses. You'd be better prepared for the exam. And a whole lot wealthier (or less in debt)!

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Jun 17, 2016 10:18:23 AM

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