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Fact check: True claim about Harris failing bar exam on first try and Barrett’s law school rank

Fact check: True claim about Harris failing bar exam on first try and Barrett’s law school rank

Camille CalderaUSA TODAY

The claim: Kamala Harris failed the bar exam on her first attempt, while Amy Coney Barrett graduated at the top of her law school class

Some of the most-watched moments from Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee were her exchanges with Sen. Kamala Harris.

One user took to Facebook to compare the qualifications of the conservative Supreme Court nominee and the Democratic vice presidential nominee.

“Kamala Harris failed the bar 1st time. Amy Coney Barrett 1st in her class,” the post read atop a background of laughter emojis. “I rest.”

The user behind the post did not respond to a request from USA TODAY for comment.

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Both facts are true

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.

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