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12/02/2016

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Not knowing the difference between the requirements to pass the Bar exam in various states, it would be nice if you did a chart showing what it takes to pass the Bar in California, Delaware, New York and a few other states for comparison.

I think the stats regarding Wisconsin are skewed. Many attorneys who practice in Wisconsin have never taken a bar exam. If you graduate from Marquette or the University of Wisconsin Law School you are automatically admitted under diploma privilege. BTW I am a graduate of UW Law School however I took the California Bar in 1983 and passed it on the first try. The reason there is such a high fail rate for California is the number of ABA unaccredited graduates of California Law Schools taking the bar exam.

Phil,

Thanks for the comment. It is true that Wisconsin has a diploma privilege but they also give a bar exam to non-Wisconsin grads and the passing score is very low compared to California. It is also true that the presence of non-ABA schools in California contributes a little to the low pass rate, but they are a small portion of the overall takers. The main reason the pass rate is so low is because the passing score is so high. I am writing up a short blurb on this to post soon.

Best,
RA

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