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NY State joining 14 other states in adopting Uniform Bar Examination

The National Jurist – “New York State will begin using the Uniform Bar Examination in 2016, making it the fifteenth, and by far largest, state to do so.  The state’s chief judge, Jonathan Lippman, said he expected the move to result in a “domino effect” with other states jumping on the UBE bandwagaon. More than 15,000 people took the New York bar exam last summer. At least one critic of the current system has called for his state to adopte the UBE. Erwin Chemerinsky, dean at University of California Irvine, wrote in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times that he hoped California would be the next state to fall. “The current system, under which each state sets its own requirements and won’t recognize out-of-state credentials, is inefficient, burdensome and, frankly, unjustifiable,” he wrote ” … the truth is that basic principles of law do not vary from state to state. And lawyers can learn the quirky specifics as they go. Forcing students to memorize detailed, state-specific rules, most of which they will never need to know and which they will promptly forget, does not ensure competence.”

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