Bar Exams

Which Group Of Students Still Haven’t Taken The Bar?

It’s the middle of September, which means most people are waiting for the results of their summer bar exams. Here in America, we all take the bars at the same time, so new lawyers hit the market at relatively the same time. This is because… well, I don’t know, but it’s how we do things.

In Puerto Rico — which is kind of like a disenfranchised America, like D.C. or black people living in North Carolina — they do things a little differently. This is because… oh, who cares? It’s weird, from a mainland point of view. There are lots of things that are weird about the Puerto Rican bar…

A tipster reached out to us to say, “Not to complain, but you guys seem to have forgotten about your Puerto Rican examinees. We aren’t done yet.”

Ha, “forgotten” implies that I knew about it in the first place. What the hell is up with Puerto Rico scheduling its bar for the middle of September? According to our tipster, it’s not even at the same time every year:

Sometimes it’s in early September, sometimes, later, like this year… to torture us, maybe?! That’s up to the Board. It’s a low pass state too, and pretty “hard,” often compared to CA. And of course it doesn’t allow us to waive into any other jurisdiction.

Is it me or does this sound unnecessarily pointless and annoying?

Apparently after sitting for the bar on Wednesday and Thursday, Puerto Rican law students have to sit for the notary exam on Friday:

We take the Bar on Wednesday, Thursday. and the special, Latin tradition Notary Bar Exam on Friday. Like in Spain and Europe, part of the mix of legal tradition we have, notaries in PR have to be attorneys…

The Notary exam is 50 multiple choice questions and two essays, which may or may not consist of writing up a Deed, a Sales Agreement, or a Will, or maybe just a regular essay (fingers crossed). So, yeah, in the tropical Commonwealth paradise, we’re not quite done yet!

I’m surprised that there aren’t more Puerto Rican law students demanding statehood to avoid this mess.

Well, good luck, Puerto Rican law students. Hopefully living on a tropical island lessens the sting of having a really nasty bar process.

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