2014: The Year in Review

Law Schools: Growth, Retrenchment

Declining enrollment forced cutbacks at some campuses, while others broke ground on new facilities. Meanwhile, the ABA updated its standards and a prominent professor was slain.

, The National Law Journal


Declining enrollment forced cutbacks at some campuses, while others broke ground on new facilities. Meanwhile, the ABA updated its standards and a prominent professor was slain.

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  • Joel Drotts Juris Doctorate

    I absolutely love how the California State Bar experienced it‘s lowest Bar Passage rate in a decade, and instantly determined that the test takers were "Less able." Fact: The California State Bar Exam has been made increasingly more difficult since 2008, while any transparency is increasingly reduced. Moreover, does any one actually remember what the lawful stated purpose of the CA Bar Exam is, "Bare minimum competence, to protect the public." However, if this was true they‘d scrap the multiple choice questions, where one must deal with notions of concepts like "Most correct," master test taking strategies, and suffer a method of measurement to discover "bare minimum competence" so far removed from the actual practice of law or even testing ones ability to apply the law, I am surprised the California State Bar is even allowed to operate or run the Bar Exam. The only realistic and true test for bare minimum competence, is of course the Performance Exam sections. This is the ONLY sections of the exam where students actually get tested on their actual ability to competently practice the law. Even the essay exams are a cruel cheat designed to ensure people fail, as opposed to testing a Juris Doctorates abilities. When you get into the real world and begin to practice you‘re so out of your league (Passing Bar Exam or not), and you know what you‘re allowed to do??? That‘s right, USE THE FLIPPING BOOKS AND WESTLAW OR LEXIS! So all those hours memorizing rule after rule, when you‘re going to forget all but your area of practice any way immediately after, is just as asinine as the existence of the California State Bar itself (Or at least their lawful right to conduct the test.). What there needs to be is one National Bar Exam, and I know what you‘re all going to say... "But then we could only test the fundamentals of law, no super hard and useless State Law sucker punches that you‘ll never use unless you go into that area of law where the sucker punches are being thrown from. It be like we could only test..... Oh no! It can‘t be...." Oh yes it is, finish the thought! "We could basically only test a lawyers bare minimum competence to practice law." Exactly!!!! Federal only, open book, no MBE‘s, and double the performance exams. That would actually be more fair, test what they claim to be measuring and for what purpose, create more lawyers, and righteously strip that outdated dinosaur killing the profession of law in California known as the California State Bar!

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