Kaplan Bar Review Issues Statement on the State Bar of California’s Inadvertent Leaking of Bar Exam Essay Topics

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New York, NY (July 28, 2019) — On Thursday, July 25, the State Bar of California inadvertently leaked essay question topics for the July 30-31 state bar exam to a number of law school deans in California. Those topics are Civil Procedure; Remedies/Constitutional Law; Criminal Law and Procedure; Professional Responsibility; and Contracts. The State Bar also inadvertently shared the task and topic of the performance test question, which will be a memo format with Evidence issues. Standard procedure is that the topics to be tested on the state bar exam are not known in advance, requiring test takers to prepare for all of the nearly 20 topic possibilities. Following the Thursday leak, on Saturday, July 27, at 9:16 PM PT, the State Bar emailed the leaked topics to all California bar takers to ensure that no exam taker would have an advantage going into Test Day.

The following statement, which includes advice for California bar exam takers, comes from Tammi Rice, Vice President, Kaplan Bar Review:

“This leak represents an unprecedented situation for a widely taken bar exam and while there are still questions to be answered about how this happened, right now students’ only concern should be their final days of review. The good news for exam takers is that it eliminates about a dozen possible essay topics, so they know exactly which essay topics to focus on and which to ignore in their last days of preparation. This gives them the opportunity to hone their skills in the lead up to Test Day. We advise students to remain focused on their prep and to not let this throw them off their game. For all the students who have been studying hard for the bar exam: they’ve got this.”

The California Bar Examination is generally considered to be the most challenging in the country. According to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, in 2018, 12,772 aspiring practicing lawyers took the California exam.

For reporters who want to speak with a bar exam expert at Kaplan Bar Review, please contact Russell Schaffer at 917.822.8190 or russell.schaffer@kaplan.com.

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