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Code of Recommended Standards for Bar Examiners
determines to be reasonably necessary under the circum- stances to assure their fair and equal opportunity to per- form on the examination.
V. Grading Bar Examinations
23. Non-Identity Grading. Each jurisdiction should establish procedures which assure that the identity of each applicant in the grading process is not known to any person having responsibility for grading or determining whether the applicant passes or fails until the grades of all applicants have been fnally determined.
24. Grading Process. The bar examining authority may use the services of its members or staff or other qualifed per- sons to grade answers to essay questions. If practical, all answers to a particular essay question should be graded by the same person. If multiple graders are used, the bar examining authority should adopt procedures for the calibration of the graders to assure uniformity of grading standards. The bar examining authority may adopt proce- dures dispensing with the grading of the answers to some of the essay questions of applicants who attain high scores on multiple-choice questions, but no failing score should be given except upon the basis of the grades of the appli- cant on all questions. The grading process and grade distri- butions should be periodically reviewed in order to assure uniformity in grading.
25. Rights of Failing Applicants. The decision of the bar ex- amining authority as to whether an applicant has passed or failed a bar examination should be fnal. An applicant who fails a bar examination should have the right, within a reasonable period of time after announcement of the re- sults of the examination, to see the applicant’s answers to the essay questions and the grades assigned thereto, and to compare each of these answers with an approved answer.
26. Re-examination. An applicant who has failed to pass three or more bar examinations may be required to complete ad- ditional study prescribed by the bar examining authority, or to establish that the reasons for previous failures no longer exist, before being permitted to take any subsequent examination.
VI. Administration
27. Adequacy of Staff. The bar examining authority should be provided with adequate administrative and clerical staff.
28. Publication of Results. The bar admission authority should announce the numbers of applicants who have passed and who have failed the bar examination as a whole and by law school.
29. Periodic Studies. A thorough study should be periodically made of the results of the bar examination to determine its effectiveness, to discover defects, and to suggest possible improvements in the bar examination system. Each juris- diction should make the results of these studies available
to other jurisdictions upon request.
30. Conferences with Applicants. The bar examining author- ity should make representatives available to meet with potential applicants upon invitation at least once each year at each of the law schools in the jurisdiction. Such repre- sentatives should be prepared to discuss general purposes, policies, and procedures of the examination.
31. Committee on Cooperation. Each jurisdiction should have an active committee on cooperation, consisting of representatives of the bar examining authority, the law schools, the judiciary, and the bar, which meets at least an- nually to consider issues relating to legal education, eligibil- ity, and admission to the bar.
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