Advice | July 14, 2017 1:12 pm

California Supreme Court Wants to Make Bar Exam Easier

State's legal exam is known as one of toughest in country, but court wants to lower the bar.

Shakespeare famously quoth, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” The California Supreme Court, on the other hand, wants to pass them all.

According to The New York Times, the court—which has the final say over the guts of the bar exam itself and its scoring scale—has moved to make it easier for future California lawyers to pass the exam. This will be done by tweaking the certification score level. It has yet to be announced what the new level will be.

Currently, one must score a 144 to pass the California bar exam, which is one of the country’s most difficult pass. The only other state whose passing threshold is higher than California’s is Delaware.

The Times puts things into perspective: “just 62 percent of first-time test takers passed the California bar exam, compared with 83 percent in New York.” (New York’s passage threshold is 133.)