ERIC Number: ED249274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Relationship of Bar Examinations to Performance Tests of Lawyering Skills. Rand Paper Series.
Klein, Stephen P.
The relationship between scores on a typical bar exam and the ability to practice law was investigated with 485 applicants who took the bar exam and a 2-day performance test involving basic oral and written legal tasks. These tasks consisted of simulated cases; each participant functioned as the attorney for the plantiff in one case and as the attorney for the defendant in another case. The oral task performances were videotaped for later evaluation. The results indicated that parallel forms of psychometrically sound performance tests of important lawyering skills can be constructed, administered under standardized and secure test conditions, and scored reliably. The findings also suggest that the skills and abilities measured by the performance tests were similar but not identical to those measured by the regular bar exam. (Author/BW)
Descriptors: Adults, Assessment Centers (Personnel), Comparative Analysis, Higher Education, Lawyers, Objective Tests, Occupational Tests, Performance Tests, Scoring, Test Validity
Publications Department, The Rand Corporation, 1700 Main Street, P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica, CA 90406-2138 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Identifiers: Multistate Bar Examination
Note: Research was supported by the National Conference of Bar Examiners and the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.