California Bar Examiners Release Tested Topics to be Tested on July Bar Exam!

Hello all,

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:

Bar exam 1a

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.

 

 

8 comments

  1. Thanks for the update Lisa, like you I’m stunned. As a purchaser of your predictions I would like to know if you’ll provide any updates e.g. contracts.

    Thanks again,

    Franklin Tilley

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

    • I will absolutely do that. I am working on it now, but will send it tomorrow. Be on the look out for an email in the morning. In the meantime, review the Criminal Law/Criminal Procedure essays I provided. Civil Procedure as well. But, I will narrow the focus for certain.

  2. I agree. I think the test should be cancelled!!!                                      

    • Well, that is clearly not going to happen and I don’t think it should. People have taken time off and invested a significant amount into taking the July 2019 bar exam and to take the opportunity away from applicants would be wrong. This is incredible that this happens and like I said previously, it harms the integrity of the exam, leads to a lack of trust and confidence in the exam and in the bar examiners. And, one has to wonder if this has happened before. Did anyone pay to get this information? I mean really, how did this happen?

  3. Thank you for sharing this.
    Do you think that this will be an exception or will be the “rule” for the next exams?
    Best Vincent

    Sent from my iPhone

    • I would hope it would be the exception. The “inadvertent” sharing of the essay topics with “some” California law school deans, in my opinion, is completely inappropriate and only leads to a lack of confidence and trust that the California bar exam is fair. While the State Bar did the right thing in releasing it to all applicants, it was wrong to have this leaked in the first place. It will be very interesting to see how this is addressed in the coming months. There needs to be transparency in what happened and some kind of assurance that it will not happen again. It could be something far more serious than an “inadvertent” sharing of the topics – honestly, I don’t even know what that means in this context. It seems completely incredulous to me that this happened and clearly it can not be something that is allowed. It is a first – at least a first that was made public.

  4. Oh my goodness! I was overwhelmed with work and renewing my teaching license, so I withdrew from the exam, again.🤦🏽‍♂️ Now the Bar exam is completely fair game!

    Oh well, the bar passage rate should be much higher this time around.

    On Sat, Jul 27, 2019 at 10:15 PM Bar Exam Guru’s Blog wrote:

    > barexamguru posted: “Hello all, 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, St” >

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