Friday, February 3, 2017
Law School Transparency, State of Legal Education: 2017 Update:
In October 2015, Law School Transparency published an investigation into falling enrollment and admissions standards at dozens of law schools. We concluded that a minority of schools made unethical admissions decisions in response to budgetary pressure. ...
The LSAT helps predict what's to come on the bar exam. While individual results vary, students with very low LSAT scores do worse on average on the bar exam than students with middling or high LSAT scores. ...
In 2015, we examined 197 ABA-approved law schools primarily using data from 2010 and 2014. At the time, there were 26 "extreme risk" and 19 "very high" risk schools based on 25th percentile 1L LSAT scores, up from four in each category in 2010. Students in the bottom quartile at these schools face a substantial chance of not completing school or passing the bar. Two years later, with seven additional law schools measured, there are four fewer extreme risk schools (22), but ten more very high risk schools (29). One in four law schools had gone too far in 2016, enrolling large numbers of students likely to fail. [Students at 51 law schools are at minimal risk of failing the bar exam'.]
Despite falling bar passage rates, increased attention on admissions standards, and a regulatory body poised to act, several dozen schools have refused to self-correct. Any doubt that these schools were intentionally gambling with real lives has dissipated, as ignorance is no longer an excuse, if it ever was.
ABA Journal, LSAT Scores at High-Risk Schools Getting Worse, According to Analysis by Law School Reform Group