Does the Multistate Bar Exam Validly Measure Attorney Competence?
82 Ohio State Law Journal Online 31 https://moritzlaw.osu.edu/oslj/osljonline/does-the-multistate-bar-exam-validly-measure-attorney-competence/ https://moritzlaw.osu.edu/oslj/oslj-online/
12 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2021
Date Written: January 4, 2021
2020 brought many challenges, which included administering the bar exam. States jumped through numerous obstacles to continue administering the current form of the exam. However, the current bar exam has never been proven to be a valid measure of attorney competence. This article offers evidence the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), is invalid. The exam, in other words, does not measure the knowledge and skills that lawyers use in practice. On the contrary, it is an artificial barrier to practice—one that harms the public by failing to screen for the knowledge and skills that clients need from their attorneys.
Keywords: bar exam, multistate bar exam, MBE
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