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Abolish the bar exam?

By April 5, 2006law

Why we might as well go to court without our wigs on.  I tend to agree with the author of this article, and I think the thing that keeps me from agreeing fully is my limited ability to imagine how the practice of law would change if we got rid of the bar exam.  And, friends, change is anathema to the legal profession.  So, lets just…not…even…go…there.


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3 Comments

  • lena says:

    why many people want to abolish the bar examination…? can you answer this question please….???

  • Joe says:

    How come every state, besides Washington, incorporates at least one of the NCBE’s multi-state, multiple choice tests? Aside from the obvious problem that multiple choice is inherently ambiguous, especially with respect to *legal* questions no less, the lack of testing the specific state’s legal doctrines just astounds me. I mean, how the hell did NCBE manage to convince the states to go with this crap? And to think that they try to bolster their credibility by being “not for profit” just stinks to high heaven of B.S. – instead of keeping profits, they just increase the salaries for the year. Looking for ways to better the legal profession . . . yeah right . . . more like looking for ways to better line their pockets.

  • Colleen Raphael says:

    Hi, Ernie. The state of Wisconsin manages quite well without having a bar exam for graduates of the two Wisconsin law schools (terminology: diploma privilege). A paraphrase of what I said over at Concurring Opinions:”After relocating and comparing notes with lawyers who went to school in California, I think that I received a better legal education [in Wisconsin]. The professors at Marquette and Wisconsin know that when their students get out, they will be licensed attorneys, and therefore concentrate on teaching the actual law rather than going off onto tangents and counting on a bar exam to do their jobs for them.”

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