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2013 SC Bar Exam Results Released

South Carolina schools improved their performance on the July 2013 bar exam, the results of which were released late last week by the S.C. Supreme Court. Students from the University of South Carolina law school posted an 82.5 percent passage rate on the exam – while students from the embattled…

South Carolina schools improved their performance on the July 2013 bar exam, the results of which were released late last week by the S.C. Supreme Court.

Students from the University of South Carolina law school posted an 82.5 percent passage rate on the exam – while students from the embattled Charleston School of Law (CSOL) posted a 72.6 percent passage rate. Both of those figures were up from last July’s exam – which saw USC post a 76.2 percent passage rate and CSOL post a 68.9 percent passage rate.

The July results were also an improvement from the scores both schools posted on the February test – which saw USC pass 75 percent of its test-takers compared to CSOL’s 59.2 percent performances.

South Carolina’s bar exam – administered twice annually – has been marred by controversy in previous years. In fact six years ago the Supreme Court threw out an entire section of the exam – part of an effort to artificially raise the passage rate for CSOL.

This year’s results come as CSOL’s future is shrouded in uncertainty.

To view the latest results, click on the link below …

JULY 2013 BAR EXAM RESULTS (.pdf)

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29 comments

Squishy123 October 27, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Is it still considered the easiest bar exam in the country?

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jimlewisowb October 27, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Total agreement.

My understanding is that one only has to know how to fix two mixed drinks and be able to pull a draft with the head not exceeding 3 inches after 10 practice pulls

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Curious October 27, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Yes.

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Squish This October 28, 2013 at 12:50 am

Who gives a fuck if it is…you still haven’t passed it. And you sure as fuck haven’t completed three years of law school. That is like saying the weakest state for high school football is Alaska, but you still couldn’t play on the worst JV football team in Alaska.

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Squishy123 October 28, 2013 at 8:52 am

Sounds like Squish This is a graduate of one of South Carolina’s finest Tier III law schools. So tell us, what is it like practicing out of a strip mall? Do you specialize in DUI cases or slip and fall cases?

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BM October 28, 2013 at 11:25 am

The South Carolina Bar Exam actually ranks among the top 25 hardest of all 50 states. See this link for a pretty fair assessment – of something that really is difficult to rank. http://witnesseth.typepad.com/blog/2013/04/the-most-difficult-bar-exams.html

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BM October 28, 2013 at 11:41 am

actually – here is a more updated version of that ranking – actually placing SC at 16th in difficulty.

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John Smith October 27, 2013 at 5:36 pm

The SC Bar Exam takes place over the course of three days. The first two days consist of essay sections, and the MBE is taken on the third day. Most state bar exams are only two days long, consisting of one essay day and one day for the MBE. The MBE is a standardized multiple choice exam that is given nationally.

So, no, the SC Bar Exam is not the easiest in the country. It is grueling, and almost no one who has actually taken it before would say it is anything but extremely tough.

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The Unknown Comic October 27, 2013 at 5:48 pm

You’re being serious.

Most of the clowns who post here are frustrated comedians.Constantly bloviating on subjects they know nothing about.Mildly amusing if you have a few minutes to waste.

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jimlewisowb October 27, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Thanks for the kind words Queen Toad

It is almost 7 PM and you can still hit the keys. Congratulations

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The Unknown Comic October 28, 2013 at 8:43 am

You’re not the real me.

You’re just bitter.

You lack originality so badly you can’t even come up with your own name.

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Curious October 27, 2013 at 6:41 pm

LMAO. I’ve taken it and others. SC’s was the easiest by far.

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Squishy123 October 27, 2013 at 9:22 pm

So what you’re saying is that it takes SC law graduates 50% longer to take the test than everyone else.

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HH October 28, 2013 at 1:27 am

The length of a bar exam is not what makes it “hard” or “easy.” The difficulty of the questions themselves and the typical pass rate are what make a bar exam “hard” or “easy.” The SC bar exam is not the hardest or easiest in the country, by either metric. It’s pretty close to middling. You can look up the bar passage statistics by state or consider some kind of academic analysis, such as the one found here:

http://witnesseth.typepad.com/blog/2013/04/the-most-difficult-bar-exams.html

Alternatively, you can just listen to me because I’ve passed four different bar exams, including the SC bar and a couple of the hardest in the country. The SC bar was the easiest of the four I took. Grueling? No, it was not grueling. But there are easier ones out there, for sure.

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Jackie Chiles October 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

The passage rates don’t necessarily indicate which is more difficult. In any one year, you could have more or less intelligent people taking any particular bar exam. For example, California’s is supposedly the toughest bar exam, but it has so many accredited and unaccredited schools law, that it’s inundated with mouth breathing morons who are eligible to take the bar. Furthermore, just because the grading is easier, doesn’t make the test itself easy.

I’ve taken other state bars, and SC’s was not the easiest. I think the most difficult one you take will generally be the first you take.

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HH October 29, 2013 at 1:16 am

Mr. JackieChiles, the pass rates are a significant factor in determining how hard a bar exam is because no matter how one might feel about whether a question was easy or hard to answer, in the end, one either passes or fails. The more people fail, the harder it is to pass. It seems we are just arguing semantics, anyway. The SC bar is right in the middle in terms of difficulty. As we say on your and my favorite web site, cow just cow.

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Dan on Devine October 27, 2013 at 5:41 pm

I won the pool. Thanks, Sic. I said the CSOL would be over 70% even if USC SOL was over 80% so that Cof C will buy CSOL – and CSOl will remain accredited. One of the drunk dudes at Hair of the Dog is claiming he bet on 72% and he gets the 100 bucks, but he was only on Moot Court a few years ago and got kicked off of that when he didn’t turn his final brief in or some such story. Well, the truth is, we can’t read the wet napkin now, so we don’t know who really won. Just like when Jean reads something at Nightcaps…..

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Dude October 27, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Did the black guy who is on this page so much take the bar exam this year? I’m guessing he failed?

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HH October 28, 2013 at 1:54 am

If you are referring to JackieChiles, his avatar is a black guy (Jackie Chiles, the lawyer on Seinfeld who always represented Kramer).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Chiles

He is a practicing attorney, so he did take and pass the bar exam. But, he did not take and pass the most recent bar exam.

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shifty henry October 28, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Are you referring to the student at CSOL that Fitsnews “highlights” from time to time?

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dude October 28, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Yes! that negro who is always running his mouth and getting into trouble

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shifty henry October 28, 2013 at 10:02 pm

— getting into trouble with no consequences, which seems to be the new program in SC…

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Jackie Chiles October 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Who me?

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Evolved October 27, 2013 at 11:32 pm

You Columbia “Napoleons” and the simpleton, high school like, political cry baby games are so amusing!

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Howard October 28, 2013 at 5:04 pm

“In fact six years ago the Supreme Court threw out an entire section of the exam – part of an effort to artificially raise the passage rate for CSOL.”
No, not in fact, just supposition. Why do you continue to beat this drum? If I recall correctly, this benefited students from all schools rather equally. Of course, this doesn’t fit your narrative, so facts be damned.

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nitrat October 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm

He is absolutely obsessed with CSOL, always has been.
Did it reject his application?

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Judy October 28, 2013 at 8:49 pm

I am so sorry to be the first to ever tell you in your sheltered life, you are absolutely wrong. Jean Toal raised the pass rate for CSOL so that Alex Sanders’ school would get accredited and be worth more $$$$. It has been proven to all beyond any reasonable doubt. And it worked for dear Alex. Ask ANY insider and those who are really in the know. Have a nice day and get back to kissing Toal’s ass. Facts be damned to you!

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Jeffy01 October 29, 2013 at 6:48 am

Haha. Funny guy. Charleston has a law school? You are punking us right?

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