The New York Board of Bar Examiners recently proposed increasing the minimum passing score for the N.Y. Bar Exam by five points, while California’s Committee of Bar Examiners has proposed increasing the minimum passing scope on the MPRE from a scaled score of 79 to a scaled score of 100 — presumably to ensure that only competent attorneys are licensed in those states.

Hearing this stirred memories of a late-night summer study session with my roommate and another law school friend. You remember the summer I’m talking about. That long, dreadful wait between the end of law school and sitting for the Bar, the one where thousands of recent law school graduates sit around, semi-catatonic, worrying that their entire futures hinge upon the results of a single exam.

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