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ABA Rejects Stricter Bar-Pass Rule for Law Schools

, The National Law Journal


A coalition of law deans and diversity advocates mounted a fourth-quarter campaign against the proposal.

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  • Katherine

    I agree with David. Consumers of legal services deserve representation by an attorney who knows what they‘re doing. Shame on those that would devalue the license even further by making excuses for individuals that cannot pass the bar and therefore lower the standard. Why should social justice activities be a reason to dumb down the exam?

  • David Luther Woodward

    As a practitioner with over 40 years at the Bar, I am under the impression that today‘s law graduates come out of school ill equipped to go to the court house. And the argument regarding diversity is a thinly-disguised suggestion that the bar exam should be easier for those who may be of color or who attended a low-echelon school. It doesn‘t matter what color you are or where you went to law school when you arrive at the court house. What matters is that you know your stuff. Not only should the bar exam be tougher, the curriculum should be more "real world" and less social science oriented. I have learned that some law schools don‘t require evidence, constitutional law and remedies--courses without which you are at a loss in court. But then what did they say when I graduated from law school?

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