California Supreme Court Decision On Bar Exam Will Enhance Access to Legal Profession, Inclusion

July 17, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement today regarding the California Supreme Court’s decision to lower the score required to pass the bar exam and grant provisional licensure to recent law school graduates:

“I commend the California Supreme Court for quickly reaching a resolution on the issue confronting recent law school graduates preparing to take the 2020 bar exam and the call on the legal profession for more inclusion and representation.

“The solution may not be perfect, but we are living in imperfect times. The Court’s pragmatic and compassionate approach will enhance fairness and diversity within the legal system while improving access to the profession. And yet, there is still more work to do.

“We will continue to look to the Court and work with the California State Bar to ensure its rules promote equity and justice, both for its practitioners and the people they serve.” 


Toni G. Atkins is President pro Tempore of the California Senate. Having previously served as Speaker of the California Assembly, she began her tenure in the Senate in 2016. As Senator for District 39, she represents the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar and Solana Beach. Website of President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins:

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