Lower Calif. Bar Score Will Raise Malpractice, Law Profs Say

Law360, New York (June 5, 2017, 9:41 PM EDT) -- With California law school deans anxious about plummeting bar exam passage rates, two Pepperdine University law professors say making it easier for aspiring attorneys to pass the state’s notoriously tough exam will likely result in more misconduct and malpractice.

A lower state bar cut score could also encourage schools to admit worse applicants, and wind up perpetuating the state’s current bar passage woes.

In the event that the California passage score is slashed, “it is possible this will entice existing law schools to increase class size with weaker applicants, attract new law schools into the market with lower admission standards, and eventually...

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