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

Nov. 10, 2021, 7:03 PM

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 is still the best way to evaluate would-be attorneys on the fundamental legal concepts that every lawyer should know.

In this first of a three-part series on the bar exam, the [Un]Common Law podcast will look at the arguments for and against preserving the bar exam.

In this episode we speak with:

Listen here and subscribe to [Un]Common Law on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Megaphone, or Audible.

To contact the host and producer of this podcast: Adam Allington in Washington at aallington@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editor and executive producer responsible for this podcast: Josh Block at jblock@bloombergindustry.com