Thursday, April 14, 2016
Dumbing Down the Bar Exam: TTTT News in Oklahoma
Yes, Let’s Make It Easier to Pass the Exam: On March 8, 2016, Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry that was labeled “State Supreme Court Lowers Bar Exam Standards Due To Declining Pass Rates.” Read this epic opening:
“For the past two years, bar exam pass rates have plummeted, with several jurisdictions posting their worst pass rates in decades. What could have caused this problem to rear its ugly head?
Thanks to the recession, law school after law school lowered their admissions standards, allowing students who may never pass the exam to enroll. Now that several admissions cycles have come and gone, it seems that Erica Moeser, president of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, was correct when she stated that today’s test-takers are “less able” than their predecessors.
The solution here seems relatively simple. As we noted previously, “Law schools need to stop scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to admitting students to fill their otherwise empty seats. Admission standards must be raised to end this misery.” Rather than wait for law schools to get their acts together, one state’s Supreme Court has decided to act on their behalf. What unique judicial remedy did the court have to offer?
Before we get to that, we’ll note that the court in question is the Oklahoma Supreme Court, and its judges have sat and watched the state’s bar exam pass rates slump for years. In July 2012, the pass rate for the Oklahoma bar exam was 83 percent; in July 2013, the pass rate for the exam was 82 percent; in July 2014, the pass rate for the exam was 79 percent; and finally, in July 2015, the pass rate for the exam was 68 percent.
Amid the declining enrollment and loosened admissions criteria outlined above, the Oklahoma Supreme Court decided in a contested 5-4 decision that the proper thing to do in this situation would be to make it easier for law school graduates to pass the state’s exam. The majority’s decision defies all logic and reasoning…
This is most certainly not a viable solution. Bar exams should not be dumbed down to account for the intellect of the law school graduates taking them, and bar exam grading and scaling should not be made easier to accommodate the failings of law schools to properly cull their entering classes. We’ve said several times before and we’ll say it again because this time, it really bears repeating: “Until law schools realize they’re doing a disservice to everyone — their students, their graduates, and their graduates’ future clients — things will only continue to get worse.” [Emphasis mine]
As you can clearly see, the law school pigs – and the cockroaches on the state “supreme” court of Oklahoma – do not give one goddamn about the students/financial rape victims, recent graduates, or even the supposed “profession.” It is ALL about the money, simpleton! Did you ever think that it was about anything else?! By the way, has anyone else ever noticed that the state of Oklahoma resembles a toilet?
Other Coverage: On April 9, 2016, Debra Cassens Weiss wrote an ABA Journal piece that was entitled “Faced with declining bar pass rates, Oklahoma changes the exam grading.” Here is the full text of that article:
“The Oklahoma Supreme Court has reacted to a decline in bar pass rates with a change in bar exam scoring.
The change is an apparent effort to make bar passage easier, Above the Law reports. The article notes that pass rates in the state have dropped from 83 percent in July 2012 to 68 percent in July 2015.
The court acted in an order in which four dissenters said there should be no change in the present scoring system, which is in line with national standards.
“The purpose of the bar examination is to screen applicants in such a way as to protect the public and to protect the reputation of the legal profession,” the dissenters said. “The bar examination should not be easy. It should be a rigorous test of legal knowledge and ability. The fact that there was a greater failure rate on the most recent bar examination is not a reason to change the examination’s grading or scaling.”
Above the Law criticizes the majority for its decision. “This is most certainly not a viable solution,” the blog says. “Bar exams should not be dumbed down to account for the intellect of the law school graduates taking them, and bar exam grading and scaling should not be made easier to accommodate the failings of law schools to properly cull their entering classes.” [Emphasis mine]
Seeing that this was a 5-4 decision, it is evident once again that law equals politics. Hence, why you see such fights and fiery rhetoric over who will replace Pig Antonin Scalia on the Supremes. If you ever want a chance to be appointed to such positions, make sure you warm yourself up to the right politicians.
Conclusion: In the final analysis, this will only help show that the legal “profession” is a joke. The pieces of trash on this court made it CLEAR that they don’t care what happens to the potential clients of dumbed down lawyers in the state. And once these cretins start getting sued for malpractice, you can bet your ass that the state bar examiners and the “supreme” court will be exempt for licensing the morons. By the way, this Tulsa World piece mentions that the court met with “educators” before reaching this idiotic decision. Enjoy repaying $120K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, while you try to scrape by, representing poor white trash. At least, it will be easier for you to get a law license!
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