Here at ATL we like to start rumors, fan their beautiful flames, and hope to God that the winds do not change and burn the house down. Being a wet blanket is no fun.
But unfortunately we received one tip that was just too good to be true:
There’s a rumor going around that some NY scores have been leaked. I’ve seen it on a few message boards and my father (???) called me and almost lead me to crap my pants when he told me one of his … friends just found out she passed the NY bar.
I think it’s a load of crap, but maybe something worth noting?
We hoped that some students had been told they had passed, while others were left with the terrifying noise of silence. But a quick call to the New York Board of Law Examiners revealed that the rumor was untrue.
(Side note: When you call the NY Board of Law Examiners they put you on hold and play a little song. Ours was “I just called to say I love you” by Stevie Wonder. Has anybody ever called BOLE and said “I just wanted to thank you for administering that awesome bar exam. I thought it was a fair and accurate representation of everything a practicing attorney needs to know. I passed easily. I just wanted to say thanks.”
No, right? That has never happened. So why play that particular song to people who are most likely on the verge of tears and calling to bitch about something? Do they think they’re “funny?” The only song you should hear when calling BOLE is “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley.)
Anyway, BOLE press person John McAlary had a good laugh when we asked him if NY bar exam scores had been leaked early. Once we convinced him that we were not “nervous T-10 1L” he assured us that no scores have been leaked because none are available:
We are still in the process of processing and grading the exams. If anyone says that they have their scores, they are lying. … I couldn’t even tell you today if any of the 11,000 exam takers passed … the results simply are not finished yet.
McAlary said that NY scores would be ready in November, just as they always have.
So don’t listen to the lies exam takers. No New York scores are available yet. But you don’t have to wait much longer. Just hope and pray New York doesn’t use some bastardized version of “iBaby.” We assume you’ll want to actually be able to see your scores once they are released.
As we’ve previously observed, “we’re not really sure how much there is to say about the MPRE. It’s not a super-difficult test, and it hasn’t exactly achieved the mythical status of the bar exam as a rite of passage for aspiring lawyers.”
But it seems, judging from all the emails we’ve received, that some of you are dying to discuss the just-released results for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination. A few representative messages:
“The MPRE results for August are now online!”
“I didn’t study at all and got an 80. Looks like I’ll be re-upping in November.”
[Ed. note: As noted here, "[p]assing scores, which are established by each jurisdiction, currently vary between 75 and 86.”]
“I just got an e-mail with a link to my score for the August MPRE. Pretty quick turnaround time, actually — exactly a month since the test day. Thought you might want the news.”
This does seem a little earlier than usual, as we were just discussing here in the office. From an IM that Elie sent (yes, we IM each other, even though we’re about 15 feet away): “What is the usual turnaround time for MPRE scores? I don’t remember mine, other than briefly wondering if taking it hung over was really a wise decision (turned out fine).”
Here’s an open thread for discussing the MPRE. If you passed the test, congratulations. If you failed — well, prepare to be mocked, in the comments. Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) [National Conference of Bar Examiners]
Ed. note: The Asia Chronicles column is authored by Kinney Recruiting. Kinney has made more placements of U.S. associates, counsels and partners in Asia than any other recruiting firm in each of the past six years. You can reach them by email: [email protected].
Since late last year, things have been booming in Hong Kong / China in cap markets, especially Hong Kong IPOs. M&A deal flow has recently been getting a bit stronger as well. Although one can’t predict such things with any certainty, all signs are pointing to a banner entire 2014 for the top end US corporate and cap markets practices in Hong Kong / China. This is not really new news, as its been the feeling most in the market have had for a few months now and things continue to look good.
The head of our Asia practice, Evan Jowers, has been in Hong Kong for about 10 days a month (with trips every other month to both Shanghai and Bejing) for the past 7 months (Robert Kinney and Evan Jowers will be in Hong Kong again March 15 to 23), and spending most of his time there meeting with senior US hiring partners at just about all the major US and UK firms there, as well as prospective candidates at all associate levels and partner levels, and when in the US, Evan works Asia hours and is regularly on the phone with such persons, as our the other members of our Asia team. Our Yuliya Vinokurova is in Hong Kong every other month and Robert is there about 5 times a year as well. While we have a solid Asia team of recruiters, Evan Jowers will spend at least some time with all of our candidates for Asia position. We have had long standing relationships, and good friendships in some cases, with hiring partners and other senior US partners in Asia for 8 years now.
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