July 16, 2005

Still More on the Stolen Bar Exams


A quick reminder: Over 100 essays were stolen from a bar exam grader's car.  Because of this, the state bar imputed test-takers' scores for the missing essay.  Where were the exams stolen from?  Drum roll, please....

The exam grader was in a bar.  That's right, a bar, not the Bar, but an actual bar. He stuffed more than 100 plus exam books into a backpack, then locked them in his car and continued to drink. When he came out the answer books were gone.

I want this grader's name.  And I want to ensure that he never grades bar exams again.  I want him subject to public censure.  Someone so reckless with the examinees' futures might similarly show a cavalier attitude towards his clients.  At the least, California lawyers need to know whether this is someone who can't be trusted.

Although I've (justifiably) mocked Stamey's over-the-top letter and complaint, there is wisdom hidden in his childish screeds.  The test-taking center was like Ft. Knox.  Examinees had to present identification, get finger printed, and give a hand-writing sample.  All these measures were to ensure that no one but the examinees could affect the exams.

But the Committee of the State Bar of California let someone store the gold in his car.

 I am outraged.  People prepare for the bar like it's D-Day.  I watched my wife (who's brilliant) study for over 10-hours a day for the bar.  To think that all of her work could have been wasted because some irresponsible and inconsiderate asshole wanted a drink is, well, infuriating. 

Indeed, if you're not upset about this, take your pulse: you might not be alive.

July 16, 2005 in Stolen California Bar Exams | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

July 09, 2005

Stolen (California) Bar Exam Update


Remember those exams that were stolen?  Remember that lunatic letter?  Today I'm pleased to report that there is now a complaint to peruse.  I hesistate to mock the plaintiff, who

during the period covered in this complaint ... paid [for] and took the California Bar exam seven (7) times.

Not just seven, but seven (7) times.  He might just be stupid enough to sue me.  Anyhow, enjoy.  But beware: if you're drinking while reading this, it's likely that said beverage will eject through your nostrils. Here's the complaint.

July 9, 2005 in Stolen California Bar Exams | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

June 07, 2005

Abolish the Bar Exam?


Yesterday I blogged about a recent California Bar Exam mishap.  Someone who was victimized wrote a letter complaining about the situation.  The author of this letter is the reason I support states' requiring someone to pass a bar exam before practicing law.  Anything that keeps whack jobs like this from appearing in court is a good thing.

June 7, 2005 in Stolen California Bar Exams | Permalink | Comments (11) | TrackBack

June 06, 2005

California Bar Exam Mishap


Shit, as they say, happens.  Especially to those studying for and taking the California Bar Exam.  Here's an excerpt from a letter sent to recent applicants:

It is with regret that I inform you that during the grading of the February 2005 California Bar Examination, several bar examination answer books  to Question number 6 were stolen from a grader's car....

Because a written scaled score cannot be calculated without a grade for each of the six essay questions, the Committee of the Bar Examiners determined that a score for Question 6 should be imputed for you and used to calculate your total score.

Or, as Kip noted, the State Bar "ma[de] scores up."  I hurt for those applicants.

A little context.  Question 1 on the California Bar tested Constitutional Law, specifically, the dormant Commerce Clause.  Question 6 tested Trusts. (I think!)  I would have loved to have my knowledge of con law imputed to my "knowledge" of trusts.  But the other way around and I would have been screwed.  As a commentor who suffered imputed scoring (during a different California Bar Exam) noted:

I was very strong in performance tests, strong in MBE, but pretty weak in essays. To make a long story short, I scored around 140 on the MBE, got a 140 on PT 1, but they used my weak essay scores to impute a score of 114 on PT 2, which had been cancelled due to the flooding.

Long story short, I scored 1424 [a 1440 is a passing score], and had I had the chance to take PT 2, which was easier than PT 1, I would have done well. Simply a 130 on PT 2 would have put me over the top, and I would have passed the exam.

Of course, the State Bar is unaccountable, so there's nothing to be done to help these victims: yes, someone who will be denied the right to practice law - and make money - for several months because of the State Bar's agents is a victim.  But, like I said, what can you do but take it?

(Hat tip: Amber Taylor, who is herself studying for the California Bar.)

June 6, 2005 in Stolen California Bar Exams | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack