Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bar Exam Results

Dear bloggers:

The Chicago Tribune published the following article about how eager law students were in discovering whether they had passed the bar exam. I still remember almost 24 years ago when I was in the same position.   However, I wonder how many of these new lawyers will consider becoming bankruptcy attorneys.  Bankruptcy is booming and some say there is room for more bankruptcy attorneys.

The Tribune reports as follows:

"The results for the Illinois bar exam were released Thursday and for the second year in a row lawyers complained that there were delays in learning whether they passed.

The lawyers said they had problems logging into a web site run by the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar, which administers the exam, that posted the scores. They tried logging in so many times that the agency's Web address,, was one of the most searched terms on Google yesterday. Yes, I know, the acronym sounds like an application for the iPhone.

Lawrence Hill, who serves on the board of the organization, acknowledged that some of the test takers experienced difficulties with the web site. But they have no one to blame but themselves, Hill said.

He explained that the applicants were supposed to wait until they received an email that there score was posted on the Web site before logging in. Instead, many overanxious applicants checked the Web site at the same time, once word started filtering that some had received their scores. The influx made it harder for those who had received email notification to check their results.

"Everyone who has gotten a message to check their scores has received them," Hill said Thursday evening. "But some applicants are not using the system in the way it was designed to be used."

About 2,700 people took the bar exam in July.

The state board decided to release the results in small increments to avoid a repeat of last year when its Web site crashed because it could not handle the influx of people. The agency also quadrupled the number of servers that support its Web site, Hill said.

Every lawyer says that waiting to see whether you passed the bar exam is one of the most tense periods in your life but how hard is it to follow directions?"
Warmest Regards,

Bob Schaller

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