Taking two different approaches with the same goal, California law school deans and more than 100 alumni have asked the state Supreme Court to make the newly lowered passing score on the bar exam retroactive.

Nineteen deans submitted a letter to the high court Thursday night asking that the “cut” score of 139, lowered by the Supreme Court from 144 last week, extend to graduates who sat for the February 2020 exam. The pass rate for that test sunk to a historic low of 26.8%.