The president tells Sam that if Laurie passes the bar exam, the US Attorney General will admit her to the bar. Individual states administer bar exams and admit lawyers to state bars. There is no federal bar exam and the US AG has no jurisdiction whatsoever over who is admitted to state bars. See more
President Josiah Bartlet
Toby, are you in here sticking up for Sam?
I know it's strange, sir. But I'm feeling a... a certain... big brotherly connection right now. You know, obviously, I'd like that feeling to go away as soon as possible, but for the moment I think there's no danger in the White House standing by Sam and aggressively going after the people who set him up.