Kamala Harris Failed 1st Bar Exam Attempt; Amy Coney-Barrett Graduated Summa Cum Laude In Law School

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For many Republicans, one of the most annoying events of Judge Amy Coney-Barrett’s confirmation hearing was when Senator Kamala Harris grilled and interrupted Barrett, and finally opposed her confirmation to the Supreme Court to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Harris has also been condemning President Trump for ignoring Ginsburg’s death wish that “she may not be replaced until a new president is installed,” which doesn’t have recorded or written proof, but from her grand daughter’s statement.


On October 15, a day after vice presidential nominee Harris questioned Barrett, one Facebook user posted that the latter graduated on top of her class, while Harris failed her first attempt to the Bar exams.

The post read: “Kamala Harris failed the bar 1st time, Amy Coney Barrett 1st in her class… I rest”

Kamala Harris failed the bar 1st timeAmy Coney Barrett 1st in her classI rest

Posted by Sherri Vermaat on Wednesday, October 14, 2020


USA Today did a fact check and here’s what they found out:

It’s true that Harris failed the bar exam on her first attempt, per The New York Times. She later passed.

The bar exam is the qualifying examination for lawyers to receive a license to practice law in a given state.

California has a notoriously difficult bar exam. In 1985, the Los Angeles Times wrote that its pass rate “has generally hovered around 50%.”

According to SCOTUS blog, Barrett , indeed, graduated with high honors, not only in her undergraduate studies but also in law school.

Here’s what it says about Barrett:

After graduating from Rhodes, Barrett went to law school at Notre Dame on a full-tuition scholarship. She excelled there as well: She graduated summa cum laude in 1997, received awards for having the best exams in 10 of her courses, served as executive editor of the school’s law review, and received the Hoynes Prize, the school’s highest honor, as the top student in her class.

As a law professor, she also received awards for her excellency.

The report continues:

Barrett spent a year as a law and economics fellow at George Washington University before heading to her Alma mater, Notre Dame, in 2002 to teach federal courts, constitutional law and statutory interpretation. Barrett was named a professor of law at the school in 2010; four years later, she became the Diane and M.O. Miller II Research Chair of Law. Barrett was named “distinguished professor of the year” three times.