Law school sues over California's bar-passage mandate

, The National Law Journal


A rule that requires state-accredited law schools in California to maintain bar passage rates of at least 40 percent has prompted a federal lawsuit.

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  • Bo

    I am a 4th year law student at NWCU and have no desire to sit for the bar and my failure to do so would be counted against the school's pass rate. I only pursued the degree to advance my existing knowledge and skill set in business administration. I don't think pass rates are a legally valid indicator of a schools performance.

  • John Naumovski

    Besides the possible plausible challenges on grounds of due process and free speech grounds, the reality consists of 2 constants: 1. that there are too many lawyers who graduate and are then stuck in a oversupplied market and a large debt 2. that too many law schools are more concerned with keeping their classes full then the quality of the students they produce or whether or not market conditions can support additional graduates. If a law school has a passage rate of 40% or less then clearly there is an issue.

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