Washington State Bar Exam-War of Industrial Complex


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Last June, Washington State decided to extend the emergency diploma privileges to graduates of ABA-accredited law schools. Those who do not have such a degree, and those who wish to obtain the flexibility of UBE scores, are free to participate in future examination management. The expansion of diploma privileges enables graduates to immediately start a career in service to the public, and at the same time greatly reduces the number of expected test takers, thereby enabling future administration (whether face-to-face or remote) to reduce taxation.In the early days of vaccination, face-to-face inspections are still a dangerous proposal, while remote inspections are bragging Impose grading barriers (along with Usually bad), this is a total victory. It also serves as a test balloon, allowing the state government to first assess whether it really needs to take expensive, outdated bar exams for ABA-certified graduates.

This seems to scare people in Wisconsin-ironically, this is a diploma privileged state-they have made millions of dollars from the bar exam and their colleagues’ presence in state licensing agencies.

As a result, after getting an already expensive degree from a school that had passed the extensive certification process, Washington found itself fighting for the professional’s need for additional expensive exams. Moreover, for now, entrenched financial interests seem to prevail.

The Washington Supreme Court decided to pass ExamSoft to continue the February bar exam, bringing it in line with the licensing consortium of other countries. One cycle of diploma privilege permission may reveal that the emperor has no clothes when the exempted queue proves that his ability is no less than that of a lawyer who passes the lawyer. However, the two cycles become a trend that may destroy the entire self-defense situation.data Prove that the bar exam has no public protection value It can be understated based on a smaller sample size-adding more countries to the diploma privilege pool will erase the key examiner’s talking points.

The court received letters from many sources, including at least three letters from the Washington Law School Student Union. Two deans of the three law schools in Washington State sent two letters and a letter from ACLU-WA. Unfortunately, these claims did not receive any direct involvement from the court.

Previous comments did not provide detailed information on the rationale behind granting emergency privileges, however, Chief Justice Stephen Gonzalez said he felt Earlier diploma privileges were limited to a world that could not effectively manage remote exams, and despite the letters from experts and the practical experience of the October exam, the court can still feel it now. Because NCBE and ExamSoft said it is possible now, and very much hope that their money will be available immediately.

It doesn’t even make sense. Regardless of the reason in June, the court held that diploma privileges would not harm the public. Half the exam can now be taken, and this has not changed. To explain Winston Churchill’s anecdote, we have determined that the bar exam will not protect the public, we are just bargaining.

Chief Justice Gonzalez said that the Washington State Bar Association has assured the court that some issues related to the software have been resolved.

Gonzalez said: “For example, there is a problem with the last iteration, which is to mark people during the test, and know that if they are marked, people are marked, and if their skin is darker, there will be a disproportionate problem. .”

He said it no longer marks candidates in the middle of the exam.

The process of informing candidates that they have been reported has brought them an unacceptable additional burden, but I think the biggest problem is First mark people of color cheating based on skin color. A short translation of the Chief’s reasoning: “It can be seen that we still think this is racism, but we can rest assured that this is polite country club racism.”

The recent “Bar Test Questions and Answers” further expanded the state’s reasoning:

Q: How will WSBA address the prejudices inherent in even human audits, especially when we know that we can expect people of color and people with disabilities to be more marked, and thus to conduct more human audits?

A: We acknowledge that there is no bias in any process-we are aware of these biases and are working to reduce them. We are going to review many signs, except for the very specific behaviors marked by the software, we will not study any other signs. In most cases, the marker should be easy to remove (for example, in the case of a dog barking in the background).

By “expanding”, I mean they found a way to make the shrug emoji 66 characters long.

California marks a third of all test takers as cheating! The number of false positives was so large that California subsequently transferred the burden of proof to candidates to show why they should not fail, thereby unduly exacerbating the damage. Washington seems committed to avoiding the latter problem, but everyone must have a plan before they can face it. When half of the exams are marked again (experience shows this is impossible), what will they do? There may be a sign of “easy to remove”, but what happens when the test repeatedly marks someone whose skin color is too dark for the inherent bias of the algorithm? This is not an isolated incident, it will be marked repeatedly. Are they watching the entire exam? This review can cause violations that people imagine, and these violations will not even appear in other exams. These are issues where no one has resolved the court just waving goodbye.

Gonzalez did say that the court has established a working group co-chaired by Judge Raquel Montoya Lewis to discuss the broader issue of using the bar exam as a measure of someone’s ability to practice.

“Anyone can submit an opinion on this,” Gonzalez said.

Good idea. Unfortunately, anyone can provide input for this decision, but it ends up in the trash.

Earlier: Washington grants diploma privileges to graduates of ABA-accredited schools

head shotJoe Patrice Is the senior editor of “Above the Law” and is Think like a lawyer.At will e-mail Any tips, questions or comments.Follow him Twitter If you are interested in college sports news on law, politics and health.Joe also served as Managing Director of RPN Executive Search.

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