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California Supreme Court Hires Investigator to Look into Bar Exam

Posted Sep 9, 2019

California’s Supreme Court has hired a former appeals court justice to investigate the State Bar’s release of test topics prior to the July bar exam. According to Courthouse News, Justice Arthur Scotland, along with his Sacramento law firm Nielsen Merksamer, will investigate the disclosure of essay topics to sixteen law school deans five days before the exam. The State Bar has hired its own investigator: Jean Gaskill, a former partner with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. After one of the deans alerted officials, the bar released the topics publicly. The Sacramento Bee reports the no-show rate for the July bar exam was 768, or 8 percent of applicants. This compares to a rate of abut 6.6 percent for the last two July exams. The Bar took the unusual step of offering full refunds up to the start of the exam. See Above the Law