Friday, May 5, 2017
- ABA Journal, Law school leader among four deans dismissed from Florida A&M
- Above the Law, 2017 Law School Graduation Speaker Round-Up
- Above the Law, Readers Speak Out On The Closing Of Whittier Law School
- Vikram Amar (Dean Illinois), Evaluating Legal Education’s Vital Signs At The End Of The Academic Year
- Greensboro News & Observer, Is This the End of Charlotte Law?
- Neil W. Hamilton, Professional-Identity/Professional-Formation/Professionalism Learning Outcomes: What Can We Learn About Assessment From Medical Education?,13 University of St. Thomas Law Journal (forthcoming 2017)
- Michael B. Horn, The Canary in the Law School Coal Mine
- Robert Kuehn (Washington U.), A Clinical Experience for All Students: It’s Not A Question of Cost
- Deborah J. Merritt (Ohio State), Our Broken Bar Exam
- New York Times, Harvard Law Expands Deferral Program, Pushing Students to Gain Work Experience
- Louis N. Schulze Jr. (FIU), Using Science to Build Better Learners: One School's Successful Efforts to Raise Its Bar Passage Rates in an Era of Decline
- Randall T. Shepard (Chair, ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education), 2016 James P. White Lecture on Legal Education: The Problem of Law School Discounting — How Do We Sustain Equal Opportunity in the Profession?, 50 Ind. L. Rev. 1 (2016)
Comment: I have previously written about how Florida International University has dramatically raised its pass rate on the Florida bar. On the last four Florida bars, FIU graduates had the highest or second highest pass rate. In July 2016, its pass rate was 87.5%, compared to a state rate of 68.2%.
Louis N. Schulze, Assistant Dean and Professor of Academic Support at FIU, has written a paper detailing how he and his colleagues achieved these remarkable results. Using Science to Build Better Learners: One School's Successful Efforts to Raise Its Bar Passage Rates in an Era of Decline.
I have been reading general education research for the last few years, and Dean Schulze's approach is what many others have used with great success in other academic fields. Any law school that adopts these techniques will improve their bar pass scores, and, more importantly, turn out much better lawyers. I realize that this is a strong statement, but the use of these techniques have time and time again produced better retention of knowledge and understanding of material.