Low bar exam results cause some states to consider options

Are Bar Exams a Predictor of Success As a Lawyer?

Bar exams are a right of passage law school students who want to practice law in their state. It takes a lot of discipline and study to pass the exam. It is an indication of one's dedication and diligence. Today, an inordinate number of students score low on their states' bar exam. A score on a test is not a predictor of success in the profession of law. Experience counts. That's why you want a senior attorney handling your criminal case and not an attorney fresh out of law school handling your case.

Last summer's multi-state Bar Exam produced the lowest results in nearly a decade, spurring questions about test reliability and a search for alternatives.

About 80 law deans sought details on how questions were chosen and tests were scored, but the National Conference of Bar Examiners did not provide additional information. The exams were checked and rechecked, and the results were correct. The decline in scores was attributed to a "less able" group of test takers.

Some states are opting to waive bar exams for graduates law schools. Wisconsin has such a waiver. The state hasn't ruled out other changes, however, including a proposal to allow students to take the exam in their third year of law school, a change that was adopted in Arizona.

And students at the University of New Hampshire School of Law can skip the bar exam if they enter an apprenticeship program and pass a bar examiner review of their oral advocacy and written work.

There are many very good attorneys. There are attorneys who talk a good game. Then, there are attorneys whose clients speak volumes about who he is and the results he's achieved. If you want your criminal case handled in the Richmond, Virginia area by an attorney with 16 years of experiences and a track record of success defending criminal cases, please give me a call at 804-554-3729