Wednesday, July 26, 2006

research skills on the bar exam?

According to the May 2006 issue of The Bar Examiner, the National Conference of Bar Examiners is looking at the need for and feasibility of testing legal research skills and "is at the first stage in allowing the idea of such an evaluation to germinate . . . our inquiry is expected to last through the next year."

The article indicates that the NCBE folks are working with academic law librarians to investigate the possibilities.

(njs)

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2006/07/research_skills.html

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My library director saw Nancy's posting here and did some more digging. The genesis of this idea seems to rest with the librarians. Apparently, the AALL's Special Committee on Fostering Legal Research has been discussing the idea of a legal research skills test on the bar with the NCBE. The two groups had a full-day meeting in June. The librarians are optimistic that a separate research skills test can be developed in the next several years. Neither group has addressed legal writing.

Posted by: Hether Macfarlane | Aug 3, 2006 2:30:37 PM

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