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Getting to Know Her

June 8, 2007; Page W6

The Wall Street Journal

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Remember the stories about how Hillary Rodham Clinton was one of the top lawyers in America? Both books point out that she failed the District of Columbia bar exam when she took it fresh out of Yale Law School (and never tried again). Mr. Bernstein reports that out of 817 people who took the exam that year, 551 -- that's 67% -- passed, "most from law schools less prestigious than Yale."

That Mrs. Clinton failed is not a scoop -- she revealed it in a little-noticed passage in "Living History" -- but it will get new attention now. Mrs. Clinton was also, it is clear, unimpressive in the courtroom. Mr. Bernstein reports that her Rose Law Firm partners "began steering her practice toward nonjury work."


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