« on: July 19, 2012, 09:22:17 AM »
California is not that hard? Look at the data. I'm not saying other places like DC and Nevada don't have difficult bar exams as well, but California's must be much harder than average. (Even the format is very different)
maybe the Cal bar is an anomoly. The standard answer is either the format is difficult or non ABA takers drag down the average pass rate by 10-20%. However, until other states allow non ABA degree holders to take their exams, we won't know the answer. Personally, I think it is neither, California wants about a 50% pass rate and adjusts its grading accordingly. If the pass rate was 80%, California would be flooded with new lawyers. Protectionism pure and simple which is why California also keeps out of state attorneys from motioning into to both the state bar and US District Courts there.