Hillary Clinton Failed Bar Exams: Facts About July 1973

Hillary Clinton Failed Bar Exams: Facts About July 1973
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump mocked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for not passing the Washington, D.C. bar exam.


As reported by PolitiFact, Clinton failed to pass the bar exam in 1973.

“Does anyone know that Crooked Hillary, who tried so hard, was unable to pass the Bar Exams in Washington D.C.,” Trump tweeted. “She was forced to go elsewhere.”

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Hillary Clinton failed bar exam in 1973, did not appear for exam again

A biography on Clinton titled “A Woman in Charge,” written by journalist Carl Bernstein, tells that the Democratic presidential nominee did not take the exam again.

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After writing the exam, Hillary began working at the Children’s Defense Fund. She reflected on the hardships she endured, speaking about her life alone in Cambridge without former president Bill Clinton.

“Despite the satisfaction of my work, I was lonely and missed Bill more than I could stand,” she wrote in her 2003 autobiography “Living History.”

Soon thereafter, she received news that she was not able to pass the D.C. bar exam. In comparison, two thirds of those who appeared for the exam (many who did not have as impressive educational qualifications as hers) had passed.

“For the first time in her life, she had flamed out,” Bernstein wrote, “spectacularly, given the expectations of others for her.”

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Hillary Clinton: Had kept exam a secret for 30 years

In Trump’s subsequent tweet, he targeted Clinton’s decision making. “Crooked Hillary’s brainpower is highly overrated. Probably why her decision making is so bad or, as state by Bernie S, she had BAD JUDGMENT,” Trump tweeted.

As reported by Ozy.com, among those who have not passed the bar exams include Harvard Law School grad and first lady Michelle Robinson, and California governors Pete Wilson and Jerry Brown.

Clinton kept her exam a secret for 30 years. She spoke about it in “Living History.”

“I had taken both the Arkansas and Washington, D.C., bar exams during the summer, but my heart was pulling me toward Arkansas,” she wrote. “When I learned that I passed in Arkansas but failed in D.C., I thought that maybe my test scores were telling me something.”

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