The Florida bar exam took place this week and, by most reports, was more successful than the debacle the week before. It's not really that surprising that the technology improves with every run – it's literally why we all asked and laughed about a series of stress tests – but it's nice to see this one worked a little better. There's no excuse to take a test that gets someone in trouble, but we'll be extending the minimum balance due here.
Because the tests the week before were really disastrous and not a lot of spin can cover it up.
Sam Skolnik of Bloomberg Law took the numbers from a survey by New York lawmakers Brad Hoylman and Jo Anne Simon.
More than 40% of law graduates who took the most recent online New York bar exam said they encountered technical issues during the test. This is according to a new survey of two state lawmakers who want lawyers in training to take the exam.
Test takers said the technical problems were due to internet problems, problems with the test software, or both. Three out of four of the almost 500 people surveyed also found the experience to be “negative”, including 37% who described it as “extremely negative”.
But remember, you need to translate a 75 percent disapproval rating into Bar Examiner Speak. For Judith Gundersen from the NCBE this means: "All in all, the distance test was a success."
This is why lawmakers like Simon and Hoylman are so important. Even after this debacle is over, they will continue to struggle for the time being to give this class an emergency diploma privilege program to remedy the injustice of rank we have placed on these applicants. When in NY, put pressure on your representatives to go along with diploma privilege laws they propose. If you are in another state, ask your legislature to propose similar legislation. This is completely broken and the bar examiners shake it off as "overall … a success".
Bar examiners report "negative" online experiences [Bloomberg law]
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