The Supreme Court of Puerto Rico decided, Thursday, to amend the minimum score required to pass a common law re-verification to 569, after accepting the recommendation contained in the final report issued by the “Special Committee for Evaluating the Score of Success in Common Law Re-verifications”, It is an agency that is tasked with evaluating various aspects related to the entrance examinations to the profession.
The validity of these pass notes applies to the re-validation exams taken in March 2022. This means that an additional 72 applicants passed the Bar Admissions Examination for a total of 154 people, representing a 42% approval.
So far, the minimum requirement to become a legal professional has been 596 points. The last evaluation study dates back to 1985 and accordingly, the Court established in 1994 the degree of success that has been in effect until now.
For a notary re-validation, the minimum score will remain unchanged at 596 points.
“The minimum eligibility of a lawyer entering the legal profession is best represented in a revised 569 score. This is taking into account generational changes, changes in student training, changes in the form of study and changes in what the profession expects from a new lawyer,” the Judiciary reported today Through written phrases all set the highest forum in the country.
On June 1, the Executive Director of the Board of Examination of Candidates for the Practice of Law and Notary Public, Hector Rodriguez Mollet, stated that 82 out of 366 candidates for the legal profession passed the recertification process administered in March.
In accordance with decision EC-2022-03 of the Supreme Court, the results generated by the entrance examinations for the legal profession – administered by the Board of Examiners of Applicants for the Practice of Law and Notary Public – are true, reliable and appropriate and represent the knowledge and skills of the persons assessed.
The tests, which are added in the selection, are subject to continuous evaluations to ensure that they meet the highest standards recognized in psychometric practice for measuring instruments of this type.
“Regardless of the quality and reliability of the exam, the Supreme Court recognizes that periodic evaluation of the minimum score or grade that an applicant must have to pass these exams is recommended. The passing score assessment seeks to determine whether the minimum score still represents the minimum desirable ability to practice law or as a notary public in our jurisdiction,” established by the jurisdiction.
The Examination Board commissioned a study of psychometrics to empirically evaluate the performance of applicants. The first psychological report entitled Conduct a standard preparation study for the Puerto Rican Bar Exam and Notary Examinationrecommended consideration of the public policy factors that are followed in the country in relation to the practice of the legal profession before lowering the minimum grades to pass public re-verification.
In order to complete the evaluation required to determine this result announced today, the Supreme Court established the Special Committee. To this end, the commission, among other things, compiled data to inform X-rays of the alumni profile of the three Puerto Rican law schools and to administer their academic curricula. Using information and data collected by the Examination Board, the Special Committee requested a second psychometric report in which the performance of applicants between 2010 and 2020 was evaluated empirically.
This second report is entitled Comparative assessment of applicants for the Puerto Rican Bar Examination 2010-2020concluded that people tested in 2020 were not equally prepared for the re-verification exam compared to the group of people tested in previous years.
Both psychometric studies, analyzed together with the information collected by the Special Commission, showed that re-verification tests in the country maintain a very reliable level of validity.“, on call.
The Supreme Court also upheld the Special Committee’s recommendation to review the minimum required scores, to the extent possible, every 10 years.