SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The State Bar of California is proposing lowering the minimum score on the most recent licensing exam for attorneys amid an alarming decline in people passing the test considered one of the toughest in the U.S.
State Bar staff said they planned to present the option to the agency’s Committee of Bar Examiners on Monday.READ MORE: Santa Clara County Mounts Effort to Boost Vaccination Rate to Reach Herd Immunity
The proposal would lower the score needed only for the July exam from 144 to a little over 141. The seemingly minor reduction could significantly boost the pass rate.READ MORE: San Francisco Nightlife: Not Quite Back to Normal But Getting There
On the July exam, it fell from nearly 62 percent in 2008 to 43 percent in 2016, mirroring a national trend.MORE NEWS: California Dodges Outages During Heat Wave But EV Owners Push Grid Capacity
California has among the lowest pass rates in the country, though state bar officials say it also has the second-highest passing score requirement.
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