Many illustrious names are on the list of people who failed the bar exam, including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and John F. Kennedy Jr. The number of test takers failing increases each year. In California, over 50 percent fail the exam. Nationwide, 36 percent failed in 2004. By comparison, 30 percent failed in 1995. As a result of the pressure to pass, students' anxiety levels are sky-high. "I am having a nervous breakdown to the point that I can't even study," wrote one blogger.
Bar Exam Failures Are on the Rise
The National Law Journal
March 13, 2006