All over the country, recent law graduates are taking their bar exams this week. The stakes are high. For many, failure to pass the bar will virtually eliminate any prospect of gainful legal employment for the next six months (until the exams are administered again).
Examsoft makes exam software that is used in many law schools and, apparently, many state bar exams. The software enables students to type their exams on a computer while locking out all other programs and internet access. It then saves an encrypted exam file that can be printed or uploaded for grading. When it works, it works great. But when it doesn’t . . . well, think the early days Healthcare.gov.
It appears that Examsoft’s servers had some problem dealing with the crush of bar applicants trying to upload their exams last night. As Inside Higher Ed and Above the Law report, many bar applicants were unable to upload their exams on Tuesday evening or had significant upload difficulties. Were that not bad enough in itself, the bar exam is delivered over multiple days, so even those who were able to upload their exams late into the night had to get up early this morning to take the next part of the exam.
Examsoft has tried to address the problem, and worked with states to extend the deadlines for uploading exams. Don’t be surprised, however, if this doesn’t make the problem go away. Recent law grads can be a litigious set, and I suspect more than a few will blame any bar failures on Examsoft’s snafu.
(Hat tip: Taxprof)