It is bad enough that we have to take the bar exam in the first place. Do other jobs have some bullshit thing where you take an entrance exam to the profession that in no way reflects what you learned in school? And let’s not even get into the fact that it doesn’t matter how big a stud you were in law school. You’re still going to pay a pile of money — on top of the ENORMOUS pile of money you already spent on law school — to take a bar study course where the entire point of the course is to teach you all the tricks to passing the thing, because sheer brainpower won’t actually work. On top of all this nonsense, the lady that runs the bar has the gall to come along and tell you all that you suck, and you’re getting suckier.
It all started when everyone on earth tanked the July 2014 bar exam.
In Idaho, bar pass rates dropped 15 percentage points, from 80 percent to 65 percent. In Delaware, Iowa, Minnesota, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas, scores dropped 9 percentage points or more. By the time all the states published their numbers, it was clear that the July exam had been a disaster everywhere. Scores on the multiple-choice part of the test registered their largest single-year drop in the four-decade history of the test.
Ouch. Let’s face it. That July 2014 exam sucked balls, thanks in large part to ExamSoft, which made everyone’s life a living hell by not letting you upload your exam answers. But we digress. After the exam results came out, Erica Moeser, head of the NCBE said that the July 2014 class was just “less able.”
That did not go over well.
Moeser is pretty convinced that things are only going to get worse, and the problem isn’t the bar exam or the fact that ExamSoft got all the money in the world and still fucked up its only job — uploading test results. No, for Moeser, the problem is all of you people that aren’t at top tier schools.
“You’ve got this underclass in law schools who are really keeping the lights on but not reaping the benefit.” Moeser expects the reckoning to continue. “I would anticipate the scores will drop again, if I had to guess,” she says, her mouth drawing a straight line across her face. “I don’t anticipate a rebound.”
Wanna know the punchline to all this> Moeser is from the lone state — Wisconsin — where you don’t have to take the bar. Yes, a person that never had to go through the grueling hell of the bar exam is the person that is putting you through the grueling hell of the bar exam AND telling you how much dumber you are than your predecessors. Lucky, lucky us.
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