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Should the Bar Exam be Required?

As everyone out there is waiting patiently/anxiously for their bar exam results, I thought it might be a good idea to post a link to an article that appeared in the Oregon State Bar Bulletin a few months ago. This article raises the issue of what a waste of time and money the bar exam really is. It suggests that people who attend law schools in a state should be able to waive into that state's bar. It further suggests that new graduates as well as attorney transplants should serve as pro bono lawyers for a few months in order to gain basic legal skills and to contribute to their legal community. Then, their service rendered and basic skills acquired, they should be automatically admitted to the bar (assuming they pass the moral character background check).

It seems like a very interesting idea to explore. While bar associations are essentially the keepers of the guild who want to keep competition down and fees up, the route suggested above seems like it still meets those goals. First, only people who attend law school can get into the bar; second, people who normally can't afford a lawyer get legal assistance. Thus, the bar associations keep the numbers down and fees up while still looking like advocates for justice.

Check out the article by CLICKING HERE, and let me know what you think.

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