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Maryland Bar Exam Costs to Rise?

The Associated Press reports that the Maryland General Assembly is considering raising bar exam fees from $150 to as much as $400.

Certainly, there is a lot of inertia to raise taxes in Maryland without actually raising taxes. Maryland lawmakers are apparently learned well from former Governor Ehrlich who had the scheme of increasing fees instead of taxes down to an art form. I know my law students are often struggling to get the money to pay for overpriced textbooks and they do not have an extra $400 lying around. But Maryland needs to get its budget in order and a lot of people are going to be paying the price. The Maryland Senate may add struggling law students to that list of payees.