In California, some law students find themselves needing to study for and take the First Year Law Students’ Exam (also known as the Baby Bar or FYLSE). Although this exam might not sound very challenging (it is only one day and covers only three subject areas), the pass rates are painfully low: June 2013 had a 24.1 percent overall pass rate (26.7 percent for first-time takers) and October 2013 had a 19.2 percent overall pass rate (23.5 percent for first-time takers).
So the question becomes why do students perform so poorly on the Baby Bar. Here are the top five reasons I believe people fail the Baby Bar. [Read more...]