New York Bar Exam Is Tough, Even for Japanese Royalty

Japanese media has closely tracked the legal career of Kei Komuro since he became engaged to Princess Mako, the niece of Emperor Naruhito, in 2017, and moved to New York to attend Fordham University Law School. Komuro took the New York Bar Exam in July and the couple was just married on October 26th. Unfortunately, however, […]

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California Adjusts Scores of Some July 2021 Bar Exam Takers

Following in the footsteps of a few other state bars, the State Bar of California has made the decision to adjust the scores of 2,429 test takers who encountered technical problems during the remote July 2021 Bar Exam. Additionally, the State is giving nearly 1,300 unsuccessful bar candidates another try at no extra cost. California […]

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Arizona Law Grad Who Failed Bar Exam Asks to be Admitted Due To Technical Problems He Encountered

A former law student in Arizona who failed the remote online bar exam is asking the State Supreme Court to license him anyway, claiming software flaws kept him from passing the test. The petition was filed by Jordan Evan Greenman, who claims his computer screen went blank and his mouse and keyboard became disabled during […]

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The Ups and Downs of the Just-Released NY Bar Exam Results

New York has just released the results of its July 2021 bar exam, leaving California as one of the last major jurisdictions to still be holding off on releasing results. California is not expected to report results until at least November 12th. For those keeping score, New York’s results were a bit of a mixed bag. […]

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New York July 2021 Bar Exam Results are Now Posted

Check out the New York July 2021 bar exam results here To all of those who passed, congratulations! If you were not successful, contact us for a free score report evaluation and be sure to check out the Marino Retaker Program and Marino Tutoring options. Marino Bar Review is known for its success in helping retaker students pass the bar […]

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New York Bar Exam Results Being Released!

The New York Bar Exam Results are Being Released! To all of those who passed, congratulations! If you were not successful, contact us for a free score report evaluation and be sure to check out the Marino Retaker Program and Marino Tutoring options. Marino Bar Review is known for its success in helping retaker students pass the bar exam […]

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ExamSoft Responds To Claims It Ruined The Last Bar Exam

Senior executives for ExamSoft, whose software resulted in widespread technical problems on the July 2021 Bar Exam, have now told California Bar leaders that they have fixed the glitches that affected thousands of test-takers during the last bar exam. Company officials also said they “significantly increased their staff” to address complaints that some applicants waited hours to […]

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California Releases Findings From its Investigation of Bar Exam Software Problems

Continuing to update you, several states are actively investigating the software issues that plagued bar exam takers during this past July’s bar exam. Results from a California investigation have determined that out of more than 7,000 exam takers for the July 2021 California Bar Exam, about 31% experienced software issues. However, the State Bar of […]

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Bar Exam Results Delayed in Some States

While the bar exam results of some states have already been released, other states are likely to be delayed amid an ongoing probe into technical issues that some test-takers experienced. Both California and Illinois, for example, have now issued statements in which they have acknowledged that the results will not be released when expected. The […]

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Results from the July Bar Exam are Being Released!

It is still early, but states are now beginning to release the results from the July 2021 bar exam. Pass rates fell in all but 2 of the 19 jurisdictions that have reported results thus far. Maine has notched the largest drop— its pass rate fell 27 percentage points to 59% compared to last year. […]

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St. Mary’s Becomes 1st ABA-Accredited Law School Fully Online

St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas,  recently received approval from the American Bar Association to offer the nation’s first online-only ABA-accredited law degree program. Stephen Burnett, a law school adviser at the education consulting firm All Campus LLC, explained the importance of the approval – “with this online program, St. Mary’s […]

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Will there be an investigation into the technical glitches in the last bar exam?

You may have heard about the reports of technical issues that many bar exam takers faced this past July. Now California State Bar Officials have announced they will open an investigation into complaints about the problems that occurred during the remote bar exam, with other state bars likely to follow. Applicants around the country reported […]

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Will Legal Technology Skills Be Added To The Bar Exam?

There has been much discussion recently about possible changes to the bar exam. One suggestion proposed is to add legal technology as a new area tested on the exam. Bloomberg legal analyst Robert Brown recently wrote an article making the case for adding this subject. Brown notes that most law schools now offer some form […]

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Bar Exam Again Hit By Technical Problems

The worst nightmare of some bar exam takers became a reality last week, as technical glitches plagued the July remote bar exams, making this the third time in a row problems of this sort have occurred. “Unfortunately, some applicants did experience technical difficulties and needed to restart their computer to resume testing,” said ExamSoft spokeswoman […]

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Oregon Debates Alternative to Bar Exam

Here is some of the interesting debate going on Oregon, as it considers an alternative path to attorneys besides passing the bar exam Click here to read the article

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TO ALL THOSE TAKING THE BAR EXAM:

GOOD LUCK FROM MARINO BAR REVIEW!!!

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Taking the Bar Exam Again at 73

For those who will be taking the bar exam in less than 2 weeks, consider the case of James Archie Barnett, first admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1975. Mr. Barnett, now 73 years old, is believed to be sitting for the exam at the end of July. Barnett had been an admitted […]

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Marino Bar Review’s July 2021 Predictions Lecture

Find out what rules we believe are most likely to be tested on the bar exam!  

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Marino’s Legal News: Texas takes back mask mandate for its in-person bar exam

Many states are “remotely” holding their July 2021 bar exam, however, there are some states, like Texas, that have decided it was worth the risk to hold the exam in person. Now a bit of controversy has arisen concerning the Texas Bar Exam. Examinees who signed up for the in-person examination did so originally being […]

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Oregon to Allow Alternatives to Passing The Bar Exam?

During the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, several state bars weighed the idea of allowing law graduates to obtain “diploma privilege”, to become fully licensed attorneys to practice law without taking the bar exam. Almost all of these states, however, ended up focusing on reforming the bar itself, as opposed to actually getting rid of […]

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Law Grad Wins Big Case Before Even Passing the Bar Exam

Wow, what a start to a career in law! When Georgia holds its next bar exam at the end of July, there will be one new law graduate sitting for the test who has already argued—and won—a case before the Georgia Supreme Court. Devin Mashman, aged 25, argued a case in February as a 3rd […]

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Will New York Really Ditch The Uniform Bar Exam?

A task force created by the New York State Bar Association has suggested that New York should withdraw its participation from the Uniform Bar Exam(UBE) and instead develop its own bar exam focusing more directly on New York rules of law. The State Bar’s House of Delegates just approved the recommendations of the Task Force. […]

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Looks Like July 2021 Will Be The Last Online Bar Exam

The National Conference of Bar Examiners has revealed  that it is not planning to make a remote bar exam available to jurisdictions for the February 2022 exam, and will instead only offer materials for an in-person exam. This news means, in effect, that the upcoming July 2021 test will be the final national online bar […]

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Marino’s Legal News: Bar Examiners Sued By Exam Taker

In an important case involving the bar exam, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit just rejected a lawsuit which was filed by a Harvard Law School graduate against the New York State Board of Law Examiners over having been denied extra time to take the exam. The plaintiff, Tamara Wyche, claimed to […]

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