Friday, April 28, 2017
- ABA Journal, Still no federal loans for Charlotte School of Law students; state AG opens civil investigation
- Above the Law, Embattled Law School Blames ABA, Education Department, Students for its Legal Problems
- Above the Law, Law School Graduates Would Rather Die Than Fail the Bar Exam
- Above the Law, Requiem for my Law School
- Above the Law School, Troubled Law School, Under Investigation By State Attorney General, Hopes Betsy DeVos Will Come To Its Rescue
- Robert Anderson (Pepperdine), Generational Wealth Shifting and the Unnecessary Whittier Law School Story
- Paul Caron (Pepperdine), Jennifer Bard Sues University Of Cincinnati In Federal Court, Seeks Reinstatement As Law School Dean
- Stephen Diamond (Santa Clara), TaxProf Blog op-ed: Whittier’s Big Mistake
- Forbes, Harvard Law School's Moneyball Moment
- Inside Higher Education, What Comes After Whittier Shutdown?
- Law.com, Teetering Charlotte Law School Seeks to Toss Class Actions
- Deborah J. Merritt (Ohio State), Does Feedback Improve Performance?
- Orange County Register, Faculty Fights Back Against Plan to Close Whittier Law School
- Daniel Rodriguez (Dean, Northwestern), The Hubris of the Unknowing
- Daniel Rodriguez (Dean, Northwestern), Of bar passage, opportunity, and collective effort: a perspective on a very difficult issue of great importance (and about which reasonable people can and do differ)
- Kenneth Swift (Houston), The Seven Principles for Good Practice in (Asynchronous Online) Legal Education, 44 Mitchell Hamline L. Rev.___ (forthcoming)
Comment: The big legal education story of the week has been the reaction to the closing of Whittier Law School. Those who oppose the closing mainly do so on the ground that it provides opportunities for minority students. However, I have trouble seeing the opportunities offered to minority students when the school has a 22% pass rate for first-time bar takers and a 22% rate for jobs requiring a J.D.
Law schools should help minorities and students from with poor economic backgrounds. But, admitting minority students with nothing more will do nothing, as the results at Whittier demonstrate.
If you want to help minority students, you have to adopt new teaching methods. See my article, How to Help Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds Succeed in Law School, 1 Texas A & M Law Review 83 (2013). A few law schools have done this with remarkable results. For example, the program at FIU has caused the school to have the highest or second highest bar pass rate on the last four Florida bar exams. If one law school can reverse the tide of failing law students, all law schools can.
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