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Woman Claims Bar Exam Was Flawed, Files Court Complaint

What causes of action, if any, does a law student have against bar examiners for failing her?

No, this is not a cruel bar exam question. It is a question in a lawsuit pending in a Mississippi court, where Zundria Crawford has filed a complaint over her failed bar exam results.

Crawford claims she didn't fail the bar, rather the bar failed her. Her complaint looks like a Hail Mary, but many other examinees who have failed may be praying it flies.

Alcatraz Swimmer Helps Man Pass the California Bar

Alcatraz, a haunting island prison in San Francisco Bay, closed after three prisoners escaped and plunged into the treacherous waters in 1962.

It is a true story that became legend because the men were never found. It was made even more famous by the movie, "Escape from Alcatraz," starring Clint Eastwood.

Alcatraz also presents a challenge for swimmers, like young James Savage, who attempt the same "escape" each year. But little did Savage know that he would inspire an older man to take another perilous plunge -- the California bar exam.

Lawyers with Low Bar Scores More Likely to Face Discipline, Study Says

If the bar exam weren't tough enough, now you can add a shot of stress from the ethics committee.

According to a new study, lawyers who perform poorly on the bar exam are more likely to have disciplinary problems. Unlike fine wine, it gets worse with age as attorneys have more bar complaints as they get older.

In other words, by the time you figure out how to practice law you will be in jeopardy of losing your license. No wonder so many lawyers have drinking problems...

The Slowest Bar Exam Results in America

Waiting for bar examiners to post exam results in the District of Columbia is like waiting for Congress to fund the government on the eve of a shutdown: you don't know when it's going to happen but it feels like they're not taking the consequences seriously.

It has been especially stressful for hopeful admittees because the DC bar has not posted its February results but says the regular deadline for applying for the July exam has already passed (the late filing deadline is May 18th). A similar situation faces test-takers in Arizona, California, Georgia, Nevada, and Rhode Island.

For a profession that demands timely performance, it doesn't feel right.

Which State Has the Worst Bar Pass Rate?

Is it harder to pass the Mississippi bar exam or to spell the state's name -- without looking or repeating that memory jingle?

If that mnemonic jumped into your head or you looked, no worries -- let's just say 50 percent of the people can't spell "Mississippi" without cheating a little. But did you know that barely 36 percent of the people who took the Mississippi bar exam in February passed?

That is just wrong. Or at least, that is the worst bar pass rate in like forever.

For how difficult they are to obtain, law licenses have a ridiculously short reach. Go to law school, cram for a bar exam, jump over dozens of state bar admissions hurdles and voila, you're ready to begin your legal career -- in a single state or just a handful, depending on your original state bar's reciprocity agreements.

That means that if you want to switch from, say, lawyering in L.A. to a career in Chicago, you may need to retake the bar exam. So, just how terrible, horrible, gruesome, and horrific is taking a second state bar exam?

MBE Scores Fall to Their Lowest Ever

A picture could tell this story much better, but imagine this: a cliff with a drop-off so steep you cannot see the bottom.

That's what the latest Multi-state Bar Exam results look like. It's not just bad; it's scary bad. The drop-off is so steep, it makes President Trump's approval ratings look good.

According to reports, these are the worst test results since bar examiners started keeping track. It is the third year in a row that test scores have fallen a full point, showing a trend that suggests even more students will fail the bar exam this year.

Court Says Applicant, Who Didn't Go to College, May Take the Bar Exam

It takes a lot to change bar exam requirements, which figures in a profession built on a pedagogical approach that dates back to Socrates.

Times are changing, however, with things like the Uniform Bar Exam gaining traction in many states. Even California, with its feared three-day exam, is going to a two-day format this year.

But rarely in the annals of bar exam history have examiners been schooled like the Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners. The Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected the board's reading of an admission requirement like a disgusted law professor throwing a test back at a surly student.

"What kind of fried okra is this anyway?!" the court could have thundered.

California's bar exam is known as one of the hardest, if not the hardest, exams in the country. But that reputation could be fading. In 2015, the state decided to drop the exam's infamous third day, starting this summer. Now, state legislators want to make the bar even easier -- maybe even passable.

Last week, lawmakers sent a letter to the chief justice of the California Supreme Court, urging her to address the state's declining bar passage rates by temporarily lowering the score needed to practice in the Golden State.

You graduated law school, passed the bar, and now you're ready to go. In one state, at least. But if you want to handle a case or advise a client across state lines, you'll soon hit a wall. Lawyers can't work where they're not admitted. For an out-of-state attorney to be allowed to practice across borders, they have to jump through significant hoops, sometimes even retaking the bar exam.

Is it time for a borderless legal market?