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California Bar Exam Ends 3-Year Slide, As Nearly Half Pass July Sitting

November 17, 2017 | NewsLinks
The exam results, released by the state bar Friday evening, showed gains among first-time test-takers. The success rate for graduates of American Bar Association-approved law schools in California rose from 62 percent in July 2016 to 70 percent this year.

State Bar president urges attorneys to disclose convictions

November 09, 2017 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) The bar has proposed requiring active attorneys to re-submit fingerprints to the state Department of Justice by Dec. 1, 2019, but Colantuono said earlier disclosure of convictions that should have been reported will help the agency in pursuing lawyer discipline where appropriate.

State Bar plans to tap $22M in reserves to balance budget

November 03, 2017 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) A State Bar committee on Thursday approved a preliminary 2018 budget that relies on roughly $22 million in reserves to cover spending projected to far exceed revenue even as lawyer fees increase.

State Bar staff want attorneys to pay re-fingerprinting costs

November 01, 2017 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) State Bar staff is recommending licensed California attorneys be required to pay virtually all of the $15.5 million it will cost for them to be re-fingerprinted and have their prints submitted to law enforcement.

Chief justice directs State Bar to craft fingerprinting rules

October 25, 2017 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye has directed the State Bar to provide her court with any proposed rules necessary to ensure the required re-fingerprinting of the roughly 190,000 active licensed attorneys takes place.

Law professor says data backs up mismatch theory

October 23, 2017 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) UCLA School of Law Professor Richard Sander said data he reviewed from two California law schools supports his so-called “mismatch hypothesis” that giving applicants’ admissions preferences, such as for race, leads to them not performing as well on the bar exam.
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