Monday, March 7, 2016
Following up on my previous posts (links below): Wall Street Journal Law Blog, ABA to Consider Change to Bar-Passage Rule for Law Schools:
Law schools may soon have to do a better job at proving they actually prepare students for the practice of law.
At a meeting next week in Phoenix, the ABA's accrediting arm will consider changing a bar passage rate rule schools must follow to stay accredited. The change would require 75% of a law school’s graduates who sit for a bar exam to pass the test within two years.
The ABA already essentially aims for the 75% mark, but the current rules offer a convoluted web of possible loopholes. They also give schools five years to meet the mark, and emphasize first-time test taker results in addition to the overall success rate.
The tweak, proposed by a committee that evaluates changes to law school accrediting standards, would eliminate more than 700 words of explanation from the rule, leaving a single sentence. ...
Also at next week’s meeting, accreditors will consider eliminating a requirement that law schools must use an admissions test for incoming students. Such a change would alleviate some of the angst in the law school community over University of Arizona College of Law’s recent decision to accept the GRE as well as the LSAT.
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