The Supreme Court of Puerto Rico On Thursday, they unanimously decided to amend the minimum score required to pass a common law re-verification to 569, an assessment, according to the co-judge at the nation’s highest forum and chair of the “Special Committee for Evaluating the Traffic Memorandum of Common Law Revocation and Notarial Law,” Angel Colon Perezensures that new lawyers can protect the freedoms and social interests of those who knock on their doors.
The validity of these successful observations will be applied to the re-validation exams conducted in March 2022. This means that an additional 72 applicants passed the Bar Admissions Examination for a total of 154 people, representing an approval rating of 42%.
On June 1, Executive Director of the Board of Examination of Candidates for the Practice of Law and Notary Public, Hector Rodriguez MulletI just mentioned that 82 out of 366 candidates for the legal profession passed the recertification process administered in March.
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 since then.
For a notary re-validation, the minimum score will remain unchanged at 596 points.
“This is a result that has been adjusted to the times without sacrificing the quality which (the Supreme Court) was most important to us”, The judge confirmed when establishing that it was a unanimous decision.
He argued that the minimum eligibility of a lawyer entering the legal profession is better represented in a total score of 569, due to multiple factors, such as changes in student training, in the form of study and in what the profession expects. From this new professional.
Addressing the reasons for extending the decision to include students who underwent the revalidation process last March, Colon Perez said it was a policy decision by the Supreme Court, because at the time the test was being corrected, they had before them – for their studies – the report of the Special Committee .
The training of the country’s future lawyers is in the hands of the University of Puerto Rico Law School, the Inter-American University School of Law in Puerto Rico and the Law School of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico.
After decades without an in-depth analysis of the bar exam, the Supreme Court decided to analyze whether the 596-point minimum score should be modified or maintained.
To answer this question, Dr. Chad W. Bukendale, Through ACS Ventures, conduct a psychological study to empirically evaluate applicant performance. As a result of this assessment, the expert provided a first report in which he recommended that consideration be given to lowering the score between the score range from 569 to 575, which would have the effect of increasing the percentage of training, approximately, to 41.5% and above to 46.4%.”
“Desiring to increase access to the study of law and the practice of the profession, the (Higher) Court has decided, on the proposal of the Commission, to adopt the lowest degree”Explanation of the assistant judge.
However, stated Dr. Bukendahl states in the document that in order to make a final decision on the degree of success, consideration must be given to the public policy factors that are followed in the country in relation to the practice of the legal profession. Once this stage was completed, the Special Committee was established, an organization that would be responsible for completing the evaluation required to determine this new outcome.
Colon Perez explained that they have taken on the task of collecting data on graduates of the country’s three law schools and managing their academic curricula.
Therefore, he said, Dr. Buckendahl was commissioned with a second psychometric report in which the performance of applicants between 2010 and 2020 was evaluated empirically. Although the exercises that are performed are the same.
However, the value of the instrument used to measure the minimum desired eligibility to be a legal professional was reaffirmed, and the quality of the information obtained through practice entrance examinations was verified. “Both of the psychometric studies analyzed in conjunction with information from the commission showed that the tests maintain their validity very reliably,” Colonel Perez confirmed.
After concluding that the people screened in 2020 were not equally willing to re-verify compared to the population previously screened, Colon-Perez called on the country’s law schools, as well as the applicants themselves, to self-evaluate and make any necessary infer adjustments. “This is a process to help each other and make sure our country has the best lawyers and lawyers”pointed out.
The Supreme Court also upheld the Special Committee’s recommendation to review the minimum required scores, to the extent possible, every 10 years.
Colon-Perez confirmed that they had decided, as part of an exercise of transparency, to publish the entire report and its appendices, including the alumni’s x-rays. “The times we talk about transparency, this is an example of how things are done,” he said.