Congratulations to the New Lawyers!

As many American colleagues are finding out their bar results (or manically awaiting them), today the Chinese bar results are officially out. While in the US every state has its own exam, in China it is a national exam. Also, for Chinese law school grads it is incredibly difficult, as only 10% or so of test takers pass (in comparison 70%+ in the US pass).

This year, though, it seems the Chinese bar was a lot easier, as I've only heard about a very small number of people who didn't pass. Now the interesting question is, was the test just that much easier this year or was it a conscious decision that China needs more lawyers (more lawyers? just the thought of that makes my head hurt)? So far talk around the office is that next year the test will be made harder, what do you think?

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