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Commentary: When Retroactively Competent Isn't Good Enough to Practice Law

Sep 15, 2020

In July, the California Supreme Court lowered the score needed to pass the bar exam, known as the “cut score,” but did not make the decision retroactive. This has created a situation where hundreds, potentially thousands, of aspiring attorneys are being unnecessarily forced to take the upcoming bar exam, even though they have already objectively met the Court’s standard of “minimum competence to practice law” by previously scoring above the new cut score.

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