California Cut Score Lowered
The California legislature has passed a bar exam cut score retroactive resolution.
“As a branch of government, this is the best statement we can make saying, ‘Please look at this because we have a pool of highly qualified individuals who could be attorneys,’” says Assemblyman Mark Stone, a Democrat representing Monterey who chairs the body’s Judiciary Committee, in the Courthouse News Service.
PUSH TO LOWER CALIFORNIA’S CUT SCORE
California has notoriously had one of the nation’s toughest bar exam cut scores.
Back in July, the California Supreme Court agreed to lower the state’s bar cut score from 1440 to 1390.
Proponents of a lower cut score argue that a high cut score acts as a barrier for people of color in law.
According to a study commissioned by the bar, lowering the cut score to 1390 would increase bar passage rates by 20.3%. However, the increase is even more amplified among minority test takers. The study found that lowering the cut score would increase passage by 40.4% Black test-takers, 26.1% Latin@ test-takers, 23.5% Asian test-takers, and 17.3% white test-takers.