I don’t know how the New York Law Journal managed to get through this entire story without mentioning Above the Law. But we’ll deal with that later. For now, let’s talk about the New York Board of Law Examiners (BOLE) finally admitting that the results for the July 2010 bar exam were in fact accidentally released on Friday afternoon. According to the report, the list of bar passers was accidentally published while they were preparing to allow individual bar exam takers to look up their results using their BOLE IDs.

It’s a point I made in the comments on this post. Once the list was out on Above the Law, there was no reason for NY BOLE to keep it a secret, so they made the full list available for public viewing on Saturday — a good three or four days before they intended to do so.

If New York Law Journal reporter Joel Stashenko and/or his editor actually paid attention to the world around them, they could have had some fun comparing the BOLE statements published on Above the Law on Friday with the ones from BOLE today. Let’s play “spot the horribly mismanaged press policy,” at the expense of NY BOLE….

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I cannot confirm ANYTHING that you are about to see. As a journalist, all I can tell you that two people confirm that this following names were cut and pasted from the New York Board of Law Examiners website earlier today when names were accidentally posted to the BOLE website. As we’ve mentioned in prior coverage, NY BOLE denies that they have posted the 2010 July bar results.

I can also say that these lists seem to be the same ones I saw when I clicked on the BOLE page before they were taken down. A friend of mine who was sitting for the bar appeared on the web, and appears in these lists.

So take this with some skepticism, but here’s what was posted earlier today. Click on the links below:

Page 2 = A – B
Page 3 = C – D
Page 4 = E – G
Page 5 = H- J
Page 6 = K – L
Page 7 = M – N
Page 8 = O – R
Page 9 = S
Page 10 = T – V
Page 11 = W – Z

Okay, July New York Bar Exam takers, we don’t know much — but here’s what we know.

For about an hour, the results of the New York Bar Exam appeared on the official site of the New York Board of Law Examiners (NY BOLE). This was a surprise. Results aren’t expected to be released until next week.

And the results appeared legit to me…

UPDATE: We’ve got statements from the New York Board of Law Examiners now, and we have a screen grab…

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