Bloomberg Law
Nov. 10, 2021, 7:03 PM

Is It Time to Kill the Bar Exam? (Podcast)

Adam Allington
Adam Allington
Senior Audio Producer

In all U.S. jurisdictions except Wisconsin, passing a bar exam is a requirement to obtain a license to practice law. However, the Covid-19 pandemic forced some state authorities to adopt alternative paths to licensure for recent law school graduates.

In the wake of those changes, criticism of the bar exam has blossomed into a movement to reform or eliminate the test altogether. These critics argue that the bar exam, “is an outmoded, discriminatory, and simply ineffective as a barometer of legal competence,” according to Bloomberg Law’s Sam Skolnik. While defenders of the status-quo argue that the bar ...

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