SACRAMENTO ­— The California State Bar does not have to disclose data about bar exam applicants because privacy interests “clearly outweigh” the public’s interest in seeing demographic information and scores, a San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled Monday.

Judge Mary Wiss also said the demand for bar-exam applicant information from UCLA professor Richard Sander would improperly force the bar to create new records while violating recently passed state legislation. Sander, an economist and law professor, studies the effects of preferential admissions policies in higher education.

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