A Tightened Bar Passage Standard is Needed

OPINION: An ABA proposal would make law schools ensure 75 percent of their graduates pass after two tries.

, The National Law Journal


OPINION: An ABA proposal would make law schools ensure 75 percent of their graduates pass after two tries.

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  • Bill

    I totally agree with this article. I went to an HBCU and there were plenty of minority students who did well on the bar exam. The school however admitted many unqualified students for monetary purposes. The solution would be a smaller class size.

  • Scott Fruehwald

    What is needed is better teaching approaches while also tightening the bar pass standards. I have discussed this in depth today on the Legal Skills Prof Blog


    On what basis do you claim the "assumption that students of color will be unable to clear a higher bar of success is inadequately supported by the data...."? Minority students do less well than whites on all standardized tests (such as the MBE to which almost all states scale their bar exam scores). Law schools understand that this result follows minority students from the ACT, SAT, LSAT, probably reaching back to the Iowa Achievement Test kids took in 3rd grade! You are ignoring reality if you believe law school admissions will not have a negative effect on enrollment of minority students if the bar is raised by five points and ultimate pass is reduced to two years.

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