California’s notoriously difficult bar exam came under fresh scrutiny Tuesday as critics told a legislative committee that the high marks required to pass are hurting efforts to diversify the state’s legal profession and bench.

“If we care about diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, and I will assume that we do, then the current bar exam cut score is simply unconscionable,” L. Song Richardson, dean of the  University of California, Irvine School of Law, told the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

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