BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Fewer Idaho lawyers participated and passed this year's most recent bar exam. The Idaho Statesman reports that roughly 65 percent of about 130 test takers passed the July exam. The pass rate is the lowest since 2002. Idaho is one seven states whose July bar exam scores dropped.

The plummeting scores prompted deans of several law schools, including the University of Idaho College of Law, to send a letter to the National Conference of Bar Examiners calling for an investigation of the scoring of the July test.

Idaho State Bar officials say the system that Idaho used for its bar exam crashed in July but it did not affect anyone's answers on the test.