BARRED ENTRY - At the risk of stating the obvious: Failing the bar exam sucks. In the fourth and final installment of The Big Fail, a series examining falling bar pass rates, Karen Sloan checks in with two recent law graduates who missed the cut. They discuss the emotional gut-punch of failing the licensing exam as well as the toll that early misstep took on their career plans. But passing the bar on the second or third try is doable, experts say, with a good study strategy and the right outlook.

THE BARR ULTIMATUM - It’s not exactly action movie material, but it’s still pretty intense: Democrats on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee have given U.S. Attorney General William Barr until 9 a.m. today to respond to a proposal allowing greater access to materials in Robert Mueller’s report, C. Ryan Barber reports. “The committee is prepared to make every realistic effort to reach an accommodation with the department,” Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, said in a letter to Barr. “But if the department persists in its baseless refusal to comply with a validly issued subpoena, the committee will move to contempt proceedings and seek further legal recourse.” Barr escalated tensions with the judiciary committee last week, when he refused to show up for a hearing on the Mueller report.

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