Board of Law Examiners

Attorneys say flunking the bar hurts badly, but does not spell doom

May 3, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
As a young man, just graduated from law school with a wife, a baby and a mortgage, Tim Malloy suddenly had to figure out a Plan B after he failed the Illinois Bar Exam.
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February bar exam results may indicate ‘new normal’

May 3, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The February 2017 bar exam results brought a fresh round of disappointment to the Indiana legal community and a renewed conversation about why the scores keep dropping.
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February 2017 bar exam results released

April 17, 2017
IL Staff
The February results for the Indiana Bar Exam have dropped to a historic low with the overall pass rate at 48 percent in 2017.
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Admission and discipline rules amended to allow temporary law licenses

March 15, 2017
IL Staff
A recent amendment to Indiana Rules for Admission to the Bar and the Discipline of Attorneys has created a new pathway for attorneys admitted to practice in other states to gain a temporary law license in Indiana.
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Task force recommends changes to Indiana Bar Exam and grading system

February 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
After more than a year of study, a task force convened by the bar associations in Indianapolis has concluded part of the Indiana Bar Exam tests on “fake laws” and the revised grading system may be forcing the Board of Law Examiners to fail more students.
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New Indiana Supreme Court office to host open house

February 20, 2017
IL Staff
The leaders of a newly created office within the Indiana Supreme Court will host an open house for members of the legal community next month.
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BLE members dismissed from suit challenging notice, bar exam constitutionality

January 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
A federal judge has declined to hear a recent law school graduate’s case against the members of the Indiana Board of Law Examiners, citing precedent that requires federal courts to abstain to from hearing certain ongoing state proceedings. But the judge did require the state to respond to the plaintiff’s claims that portions of the bar exam are unconstitutional.
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After appeals process, July bar exam results increase

October 5, 2016
IL Staff
The number of people who passed the July 2016 Indiana Bar Exam has increased to 64 percent following the appeals and review process. The Board of Law Examiners updated the July 2016 statistics on its website Monday.
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Indiana Tech regroups after disappointing bar results

October 5, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
In the aftermath of abysmal bar exam results, Indiana Tech Law School is offering free additional test preparation courses to ready its first graduates for a second try, but observers say the school may need to do more than have students study harder.
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Indiana Tech fails key test: 1 grad passes bar

September 21, 2016
Jennifer Nelson, Marilyn Odendahl
The state’s newest law school has been mum about the dismal results and what’s next for the school and its students.
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Appeal process bumps up February bar exam passage rate

September 14, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The February 2016 Indiana Bar Exam results have been amended to reflect those who successfully appealed their initial failure, resulting in a 4-percentage-point increase in the overall pass rate.
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Indiana Bar Exam passage rates continue decline

September 12, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana Bar Exam saw another drop in overall passage rate of its test takers as results of the July 2016 bar exam were released Monday.
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7th Circuit tosses would-be revolutionary's suit against Indiana bar

June 24, 2016
Scott Roberts
A man who challenged an Indiana Board of Law Examiners rule prohibiting a person “who advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States or this state by force, violence or other unconstitutional or illegal means” lost Friday in the 7th Circuit of Appeals.
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SCOTUS denies cert to Kansas attorney seeking to practice in Indiana

June 1, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The third time wasn’t the charm for a Kansas attorney who wanted the U.S. Supreme Court to take his lawsuit challenging Indiana’s decision to not admit him to practice. The nation’s highest court denied his writ for certiorari for the third time Tuesday.
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Recent bar passage results ‘stunning’

April 20, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Traditionally those who take the bar exam in February achieve a lower pass rate than their July counterparts, but the results from this February’s exam has surprised many, raising questions about the quality of the test-takers as well as the quality of the exam.
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February 2016 bar exam results announced

April 11, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana Board of Law Examiners has announced the list of candidates who passed the February bar exam. The BLE notes passage is only one of the requirements need to be admitted practice in Indiana, and no one is able to practice law until admitted.
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ABA push boosts Uniform Bar Exam

February 24, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
During the 2016 American Bar Association Midyear Meeting in early February, the House of Delegates passed a resolution encouraging states to adopt the Uniform Bar Examination. The test, administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, has already been adopted in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
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Study: Future lawyers are hiding depression and drug and alcohol use

January 8, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Law students with addiction and mental health issues may be afraid to report the problems because they think that doing so would jeopardize their chances of being admitted to the bar or getting a good job after graduating, according to new study, which was conducted by a law professor, a dean of law students, and the programming director of a nonprofit focused on lawyers' mental health.
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Changes to Indiana bar exam approved

November 16, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Supreme Court has approved changes to the Indiana Bar Examination, aimed at better reflecting the current practice of law in the state.
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New Indiana attorneys sworn in at admission ceremony

October 6, 2014
Kelly Lucas
The Indiana Board of Law Examiners reported that 378 of the aspiring lawyers who sat for the July bar exam were successful in that effort. On Monday, Indiana’s newest class of lawyers was sworn in at an admission ceremony hosted by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Court announces 378 successful applicants on July bar exam

September 16, 2014
IL Staff
The list of applicants who were successful on the July Indiana bar examination is posted on the court’s website. Those who meet the other requirements of being admitted will participate in an admission ceremony Oct. 6.
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Court offices closed by underground explosion reopen Thursday

August 14, 2014
 Associated Press, IL Staff
The state court offices located at 30 S. Meridian St. in downtown Indianapolis are open Thursday. The building was evacuated and workers were sent home early after several underground transformer explosions Wednesday afternoon.
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Explosion in downtown Indy closes several court offices

August 13, 2014
Jennifer Nelson
An underground transformer explosion in downtown Indianapolis has prompted the evacuation of the building that houses several state court agencies, including the Division of State Court Administration and the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission.
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160 applicants pass the February Indiana Bar Exam

June 18, 2014
IL Staff
The Indiana Lawyer congratulates the individuals listed below on passing the February 2014 bar exam. Many of these new, aspiring lawyers participated in an admission ceremony held May 20 in Indianapolis.
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160 pass February bar exam

April 29, 2014
IL Staff
The Indiana Board of Law Examiners has released the names of the 160 people who passed the February 2014 bar exam.
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