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Baby Bar Exam June 2016 update - inappropriate question WILL NOT BE GRADED

Information Regarding Grading of the  June 2016 First-Year Law Students’ Examination  

As applicants who applied to take the examination have been advised, in connection with administration of the June 2016 First-Year Law Students’ Examination, a question on the subject of Criminal Procedure (Question 3), which is not a subject that should have been tested on the examination, was included as one of the four essay questions administered during the morning session on June 28, 2016.  Generally, the First-Year Law Students’ Examination is composed of essay and multiple-choice questions in the areas of Contracts, Criminal Law and Torts, which are subjects taught in the first year of law school.  

The Committee of Bar Examiners’ (Committee) Subcommittee on Examinations met on July 11, 2016, and after a thorough review of all the information available regarding the incident, including the many emails and letters that were submitted by applicants and law school Deans, determined the following:    

1.    Since many applicants took the time to prepare answers to Question 3 on the June 2016 First-Year Law Students’ Examination, the answers submitted by applicants who took the examination will be graded, but the grade will not be included in the calculations for determining the final score on the examination.  The grades applicants received on Question 3 will not be reported in the result letter but will be provided to the applicants at the time the books from the examination are distributed, which is several weeks after the results are released.   

2. After the other parts of the examination are graded using the standard procedures in place, the Committee’s psychometrician will evaluate the best method for calculating final scores to ensure that any adverse impact of the incident is addressed to the highest degree possible.   More information regarding the scoring process that was used to arrive at the final scores will be provided at the time results from the examination are mailed, which is still scheduled for August 12, 2016.  The Committee believes that the appropriate steps necessary to ensure all applicants are treated fairly are being taken.   

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