The percentage of law students passing the North Carolina bar exam has dropped over the past five years. The state Board of Law Examiners reports 62 percent passed in July 2014.
Catharine Arrowood of the North Carolina Bar Association says the problem starts before law school.
"It appears that the first year law students that are going into the law schools are not as well prepared for either analytical thinking or excellent writing as people were 10 years ago."
Arrowood says economic downturn might play a role.