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California Bar Exam

If you want to go to law school you must take the law school administration test, otherwise known as the LSAT. How well one does on the LSAT could dictate the caliber of law school you find yourself attending. If you want to become a lawyer and practice law in a particular state, you must first pass the bar exam. The process sounds pretty straightforward, right?

You may find it interesting to learn that some law students who may have to take what is known as the “baby bar,” an exam that some first year law students in California are required to take if they happen to be attending a law school that is not ABA or California Bar accredited. The baby bar, or California First Year Law Students’ Exam, tests students’ knowledge of three standard first-year courses: torts, contracts, and criminal law.

However, this year something went amiss on the test, and students were tested on something that they did not learn in the previous year, Above the Law reports. Upon realizing what at happened, the California Bar had to act quickly to fix the problem. The administration decided that student test scores would be adjusted to ignore the inappropriate question. Below is a quick look at, according to a tip, exactly what went on with this year’s baby bar:

“The exam covers three first year subjects: contracts, torts, and notably, CRIM LAW. Generally, these three subjects are covered in random order in the first three essays, and the fourth essay covers one of those subjects one more time.

On this fateful day, Questions 1 and 2 were what you expected, involving torts and contracts. But then Question 3 arrived and it asked about whether two different incidents constituted SEARCHES under the FOURTH AMENDMENT. You read it correctly: a crim pro question on a question that expressly does not cover that subject. It’s the equivalent of admiralty law being tested on the California Bar Exam.” 

Ronald G. Brower is a criminal defense attorney in Southern California. Based out of Orange County, Attorney Brower has represented individuals charged with crimes in state and federal court.

Contact the Law Office of Ronald G. Brower online or by telephone at 714-997-4400.