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They Failed the Bar Exam. Worse: Now Everyone Knows

Dean of law school accidentally forwards email with their names
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 15, 2020 2:39 PM CDT

(Newser) – The dean of South Carolina's largest law school is apologizing for forwarding an email that contained the names of students who failed the exam to become a lawyer and the confidential bar exam grades of every student, per the AP. University of South Carolina School of Law Dean William Hubbard said he was so excited last week when he got the official email that 82% of his students passed that he forwarded it without noticing the attachments that were supposed to remain private. Names of students who fail the bar exam are never supposed to be published, and scores for those who passed are not revealed.

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"It was totally an accident, an accident I deeply regret," Hubbard told the State newspaper. "I’ve sent a personal email to every one of those students, and I’ve had an email dialogue with some of them and some phone conversations and plan to make myself available to any student who wants to meet." The dean said he thought he was just forwarding a letter with the overall results for the school. Hubbard, who took over as dean of the law school in August, is a former president of the American Bar Association.

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