In a shocking move, the California Board of Bar Examiners has decided to drop the bar exam as a requirement to practicing law in the state of California.

“We are proud that we created the most difficult bar exam in the nation,” said a spokesman for the Board of Bar Examiners, “but we finally decided that enough was enough. ┬áThe California bar exam had become a punitive exercise, rather than a test of minimum competency.”

The Examiners met in a closed-door session last week and made the decision, which was not announced until today.

In place of the bar exam, the Examiners will now require three months of unpaid pro bono work on behalf of indigent Californians as the cost of entry in the California bar.

“We are hopeful that this will be a win-win for everyone,” said the same spokesman.

When asked whether it was ironic that many of the same law students representing the indigent would also qualify for the free legal services themselves, the spokesman replied, “The irony is not lost on me.”

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Posted on April 1, 2013

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