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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, November 12, 2007

Wills, Trusts, & Estates Question Causes South Carolina Bar Exam Controversy

Bar_examThe following is from Rick Brundrett, John Monk, & Adam Beam, State's high court alters test results, The State.com, Nov. 9, 2007:

The state’s top court has changed the grades for 20 people — including the children of a prominent state lawmaker and a longtime circuit judge — who earlier flunked the test required to practice law in South Carolina.

The S.C. Supreme Court in last week’s order said the wills, trusts and estates section of the July exam would “not be considered” in determining a test-taker’s overall score, though the justices gave no reasons for their decision.

The students include the daughters of state Rep. Jim Harrison, R-Richland, chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee; and Circuit Judge Paul Burch of Pageland, The State confirmed Thursday in interviews with the two men.

The State newspaper could not confirm the identities of the other 18 whose grades were changed.

Supposedly, the wills, trusts, and estates section had a higher than normal failure rate which some interpret as a sign that either the question or its grading was faulty.  It has also been reported that this question had a "scoring error."  See Tim Smith, Error prompted bar exam change, Supreme Court says, GreenvilleOnline.com, Nov. 9, 2007.

See also What's Up With the South Carolina Bar Exam?, Abovethelaw.com.

Special thanks to Jonathan P. Lee (Ellis, Lawhorne & Sims, PA, Columbia, South Carolina) for bringing these articles to my attention.


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