If you head on over to the DC Court of Appeals website there is yet another interesting order and notice that has been posted indicating that rule 46(b)(8)(v) has been modified to allow the use of “computers” on the DC Bar exam. The Committee on Admissions is working on securing a laptop exam provider (presumably Extegrity Exam4 but who knows) for this summer. Expect details and a laptop registration link hopefully within the next 30 days or so but as always, prepare for the exam the way it stands now which is handwriting only (or typewriter). I’ll update this post and twitter with any changes as usual.
As a quick reminder, for those of you filing late, today by 5PM is the late filing deadline for DC and tomorrow is the late filing deadline for Maryland.
I know not all states have released results yet (California, etc.) but I am unfortunately not accepting any additional students for this July 2015’s Bar Exam, I have limited time this summer and only take on as many students as I feel I can best provide a complete 1 on 1 program for. I have reached that limit and sadly must decline any additional students for this summer. I do have a minimal waitlist but I am not accepting any more students for the waitlist either and to be honest there is a very low likelihood that even the first student on the waitlist will end up with a spot for this summer. As for February 2016, I have signed up a few folks for that exam and have plenty of spots as of now. Of course, if you are taking this July 2015’s summer bar exam and want to send me an email or have extenuating circumstances I am always happy to discuss and provide some guidance to try and help when possible. To everyone that has already emailed me, rest assured I do respond to each and every email I receive I just need to finish going through my inbox and it does take time. Thank you for your understanding and good luck this summer.
The February 2015 Washington DC Bar Exam results are posted here on the Committee of Admissions Website. Congratulations to everyone who passed! The overall pass rate was barely a third of all test takers at 37.27%. First time takers did a little bit better but still less than half of them passed, 47.2%. In all, 102 out of 271 people passed this administration of the DC bar exam. It was the first time Civil Procedure was tested on the MBE but that did not seem to be much of a factor as the questions were as expected and the pass rates are in line with previous Winter administrations of the exam. If you did not pass, wait for your results in the mail and go over how you did and then re-assess how you should study/prepare differently for this summer. For everyone who passed, don’t think about anything else and just relax and enjoy the weekend.
1 week early to start the weekend. The VBBE has posted the results of the February 2015 Virginia bar exam. The overall pass rate was 59% with 67% of first time takers passing. My friends down in Lexington at Washington and Lee scored the highest out of any Virginia school with an excellent 89% pass rate and 100% of first time takers passing. Well done. Check out the full pass list of names here.
The DC and Virginia bar exam are now officially finished. In DC we had a solid exam with an objective memo and a persuasive letter to start the AM. The afternoon essays were as expected with Agency, torts, con law, civ pro, wills/trusts, and property and UCC 9. Trusts was a little tough, but otherwise manageable. The MBE was straightforward, with the civ pro questions being easier than expected and the rest of the exam being as expected with the usual focus areas.
As for Virginia, we’re back to business as usual with a bunch of Fed and VA procedure questions, sales, partnership, agency, some equity and personal property, wills and everyone’s favorite creditors rights :-) Overall a very fair exam and nice to see the VA and federal jurisdiction back on the exam as those are critical subjects for any attorney to be tested on. Little bit surprised not to see the usual long Corporations, local govt, real property and criminal as I feel those are core subjects they should always test but overall, as usual, it was a very fair exam.
Time to celebrate and enjoy the extra time that comes with not having to prepare for a bar exam! Results to be posted in late April for Virginia and late May for DC.
UPDATE: Waivers are permitted, you may use your old MBE score for the February 2015 bar exam.
The DC Court of Appeals has posted the formal order and notice proposing to amend Rule 46(b) to allow MBE waivers on the upcoming February 2015 bar exam even though Civil Procedure is being added as a 7th subject. Comments are being allowed until December 22, 2014, which means we should expect a formal yay or nay by the first week of January as originally anticipated. Remember, there is no guarantee they will accept previous MBE scores, but as of now that is the plan as the committee is trying to save everyone time and money to not have to deal with dozens and dozens of individual waiver requests but instead handle it through a single amendment change. But, until it’s a done deal, no promises.