Bar Exams

Lake Placid.JPGIn case you haven’t been following along, it appears that the NY Board of Law Examiners website is unavailable or unstable. It’s preventing exam takers from accessing their scores.

But how many? Please answer the poll below so we can see how many people are waiting for an oxygen mask to drop down from the ceiling.

Try to remain patient people, I’m sure that NY BOLE had no idea so many people would be visiting their website today.

New York Statue of Liberty.jpgNew York first-year associates have been driving us insane with their anticipation of bar exam results being posted this week.

The moment has finally come. Results are up as of 9 a.m. today. Unfortunately, the overeager result seekers seem to have overwhelmed the page. It is down as of 9:14 a.m.

We hope all the gunners who have been clogging our inbox achieve the ultimate bliss of passage today.

Voyeurs have to wait until Monday for the results to go public.

Earlier: Prior ATL Coverage of Bar Exams

NY Bar Exam Cool.JPGThe New York State Board of Law Examiners claims that they will be posting results of the July 2008 Bar Exam on Friday.

A tipster reports:

NY bar exam results to be released Friday November 14, 2008 at 9:00 AM and available at

Another tells us:

Results will be up Friday at 9:00 AM, as per the BOLE website. 2 days left to pray.

A tipster who appears to have inside information says:

MysTTTal. NY Bar results on Friday! Unless you ate them you fat f*&k.

Shockingly, the NY BOLE website has posted this message:

The July 2008 Exam results will be available online Friday November 14 at 9:00 AM

After the jump, ATL makes a bet.

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Maryland Bar results bird.JPGJuly 2008 Bar Exam results were announced on Friday. I assume that everybody has already checked their results, but if you want to ogle the people who passed you can do so here.

The thing is, Maryland came in with an 81.6% passage rate. 1112 passes, 250 failures.

That’s 81.6% in a state with no MPRE nor CLE requirements.

Congratulations Maryland Bar Exam takers. Way to glide into the American bar.

New Yorkers, your day of reckoning draws nigh.

Earlier: Texas Bar Exam Results Have Been Posted

Exams! Results! Northeast Corridor!

Texas bar results.JPGThey weren’t supposed to be released until Friday, but Texas has gone ahead and posted the “winners” of the July 2008 Bar Exam.


Passing the bar is God’s way of saying “be careful what you wish for …”

Earlier: Exams! Results! Northeast Corridor!

Prior ATL coverage of Bar Exams.

Bar birds.JPGNew Jersey released results for the July 2008 bar exam. A tipster tells us that Massachusetts has done the same.

Congratulations to all who have earned the right to practice in this growing and lucrative depressingly anxious profession.

For those who missed the cut, just remember that it took JFK Jr. 3 tries before he passed the bar. And he was a pretty smart guy.

Share your stories in the comments.

Earlier: Prior ATL coverage of Bar Exams.

virginia bar exam results.JPGThe results of the July 2008 Virginia Bar Exam were supposed to be posted today. And when the site went dead today it looked like the results would be coming soon.

But that was at noon. And now everybody is freaking out.

But we’ve been through this before with the Illinois results. Everybody just needs to chill, wait it out, and threaten bodily harm to the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners in the comments.

Things will get sorted, soon. But you can commiserate below. Be aware that the VBBE is no longer taking phone calls.

Whenever they fix this thing, you should be able to see results here.

mountain laurel Penn.JPGCongratulations to the 82% of the 1500+ applicants who learned that they passed the Pennsylvania bar exam yesterday. Way to get in just before the American economy careens off a cliff.

For our readers out west, we also congratulate Colorado exam takers.

Good luck, from ATL.

The Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners

Colorado Board of Law Examiners

jacob javits convention center ny bar exam.jpgHere 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.

Earlier: Open Thread: Bar Exam Results For Illinois

Illinois Lincoln.JPGWe offer those who passed the Illinois bar (and those that sadly did not) a chance to come together to share their stories of triumph and consequence.

Find out your score (or the scores of your friends or enemies) here. Though be forewarned, the site will not load until the exam takers have been notified over email.

Have at it in the comment threads.

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