Bar Exam Becomes Harder
Because of the over supply of new law grads and many are finding it hard to find entry level attorney jobs, the Bar exam, that most grads must take and pass to be a "real" lawyer and be able to practice, will become harder in Feb. 2015.
The new exam will have a section on civil procedure, in addition to, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law and procedure, real property and torts.
The Bar exam is a gruesome and the most hated of all exams. Consider that many law grads have a $100,000 loan to pay, They also have a Juris Doctor (JD) degree that is a bit useless unless you pass the Bar exam. It use to be that a person with a JD degree could practice law, but because of the monopoly of Bar (membership is mandatory) one must take and pass it. The cost is around $600 for the 2-3 day exam. The cost does not count the hotel room that many must take because the exam is only given in key cities. The exam is six hours followed by a day of writing essay responses to questions. Many of the Bar prep courses also cost up to $4000. The whole law school thing is very costly. Books alone for a single class can run $300.
Some grads are suing their schools for making false promises about job prospects or misleading students about whether they would be eligible in taking the Bar.
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