Today is the day that Kentucky's bar examiners announce the results of the July 2007 bar exam. I wish all of my law school's graduates the very best as they await their results.
I greatly admire Michael Froomkin and discourse.net, but Michael is wrong to downplay the significance of bar passage rates. No, the bar is not an intellectually stimulating or fulfilling exercise. I am willing to concede that it bears some rational relationship to the actual practice of law. But the bar does matter. A lot. Passing it typically represents the difference between working and not working. At the very least, it represents the difference between working in the family court and working in the food court.
Again, I wish all my graduates the very best as they await their bar results. May you all pass. And if you choose to celebrate at the nearest food court, do so with gusto. Just don't work there.