February 17, 2012
Best Law Schools for Bar Exam Preparation
National Jurist, Best Schools for Bar Exam Preparation:
To identify the schools that are outperforming what their LSAT scores predict, The National Jurist did a statistical analysis using incoming LSAT scores and bar pass rate ratios. We created a polynomial model using each school's LSAT at the 25th percentile for 2010 (to account for the students most likely to fail the bar exam), and the ratio of graduates who passed the bar exam compared to the state average for 2009 and 2010. The result is a clear curve. We then computed the difference between the average pass rate ratio and what the curve would predict for each school and computed a probability distribution to determine the most extreme deviations.
- Wake Forest
- North Carolina Central
- U. Washington
- Wayne State
- George Washington
- Florida Coastal
- California Western
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- Florida International
- South Dakota
- George Mason
- San Francisco
- William & Mary
- Texas Tech
- Seton Hall
- Mississippi College
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I just wanted to point out that the data for Marquette and Wisconsin may be skewed. Graduates from both law schools are automatically admitted to the Wisconsin Bar (as long as there are no skeletons in their closets for character and fitness purposes) via diploma privilege.
Posted by: Clay Matthews, Esq. | Feb 17, 2012 6:16:18 PM
And if you adjusted for tuition charges, you would have a pretty good shopping list for law schools.
Posted by: Erik | Feb 21, 2012 3:55:35 PM
I'll be sure to pick up the issue of the National Jurist. However, it looks as though the study is comparing the incoming credentials of the current students with the bar passage rate of students who took the LSAT three years earlier. Schools do experience shift in the LSAT score of the bottom quartile in the three (+) years between matriculation and sitting for a bar exam so it would be more beneficial to know if those bar exam takers outperformed their own predictors rather than the predictors of a different group of people.
Posted by: CB | Feb 21, 2012 4:04:37 PM
I agree with what Clay and Eric said. And the numbers of law aspirants are increasing day-by-day. "The result is a clear curve." - That’s not at all a good sign. Isn't it?
Posted by: Shirley Woods | Mar 7, 2012 4:53:22 AM