This is unprecedented. The California Bar Examiners sent an email out to all July 2019 bar applicants at 9:13 pm today releasing the topics for all five essays and the performance test.
Here is what Donna S. Hershkowitz, Chief of Programs, State Bar of California had to say:
“It has come to our attention that the State Bar inadvertently provided a number of deans of law schools in California a list of the subject matter topics contained in the July 2019 California Bar Examination essay questions and performance test. Out of an abundance of caution and fairness, we are sending the same information, verbatim, to all those preparing to take the examination. The memo provided:
The subject areas and tasks for the July 2019 California Bar Examination are listed below.
Question 1 Civil Procedure
Question 2 Remedies/Constitutional Law
Question 3 Criminal Law and Procedure
Question 4 Professional Responsibility
Question 5 Contracts
Performance Test: Objective Memo – Evidence”
Here is a copy of the email that all July 2019 bar applicants received tonight:
This is completely unprecedented. I have been studying the California Bar Exam and preparing students for this exam for over twenty years and this has never happened.
I will be writing more on this tonight. But, I wanted to let all of you know that this has happened because many examinees do not check their email before the exam and may not have this information.
I am floored. This is unbelievable. The bar examiners definitely did the right thing in sharing this information. But, this leaves open a lot of questions (and I do not mean essays questions). There will be much discussion about this, how did it happen, why was it shared only with California law school deans, which law schools were privy to this information etc.