The most noticeable changes to the North Carolina bar exam in the past 25 years have been environmental – larger venues, the migration to laptops, and explosive growth in the number of law grads. The substance of the exam, however, remains much as it was when a break from bar prep meant cranking up Def Leppard and downing a Jolt cola.
The results of the February bar exam bolstered an idea that has been gaining traction for a while, at least among administrators and supporters of Campbell University School of Law: The Raleigh-based school is underrated.
Last summer’s soupy July air and 90-degree temperatures seemed as heavy as the clouds of dread hanging over the law grads filing into the bar exam. A security guard sat near the door of the state fairgrounds’ Jim Graham Building, sweating. Where, a visitor asked, was Fred Parker, executive director of the Board of Law Examiners?
A recent amendment by the North Carolina State Bar will now give attorneys in the state practicing trademark law the opportunity to apply for specialty certification.
More than 72 percent of those who took the North Carolina bar exam in July passed, putting passage rate for the plagued exam on par with rates from past summers. Here’s a look at the numbers released by the BLE this week.
The American Bar Association has updated its model rules of professional conduct in an attempt to keep pace with technology and make life easier for lawyers who chase work across state lines. But it remains to be seen whether the Carolinas will adopt the changes.
Digital natives abhor an information vacuum, and they expect their elders to embrace technology. But when the summer bar exam went awry two weeks ago, it was all vacuum and no embrace. So it was only natural that traffic to our site spiked on the news that the N.C. Board of Law Examiners was mulling its options following a power outage on Tuesday, July 24, the first day of the July bar exam.
Repercussions from the power outage at the bar exam continued to ripple through the law grad community last week as more than 1,200 test takers awaited word on how the N.C. Board of Law Examiners would respond to the incident.
Would the board mandate a retake of the Tuesday afternoon section? Would graders consider the circumstances when evaluating the essays? And just how were hard-working law grads supposed to relax on their well-deserved post-bar Caribbean vacations with this issue unresolved, anyway?
The board met Wednesday morning in Raleigh, two days ahead of its previously scheduled meeting, to decide how to handle a power outage at the Tuesday afternoon session of the July bar exam. “I know if I had taken the exam I’d want to know as soon as possible, that’s why we accelerated the process,” said board chairman James Van Camp.
When it comes to taking the bar exam – or even just part of it -- once is enough, thanks.
So say respondents to our online poll regarding how the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners should address a power outage during Tuesday afternoon’s exam.