Monday, July 16, 2012
ABA Journal, ABA Committee to Revisit Bar Passage Accreditation Standard:
An ABA committee appears to be having second thoughts about its tentative decision last year not to recommend any changes in the law school accreditation standard dealing with bar passage rates.
What precipitated the collective change of heart? A preliminary analysis of attrition rates for candidates who sat for the multistate bar exam in July 2006 that appears to show how ineffectual the current standard is.
That analysis, performed by staffers at the National Conference of Bar Examiners, found that out of the nearly 31,000 law school graduates it could identify who took the test at that time, less than 1%, or 248 graduates, were still sitting for the bar on its fifth administration, 2½ years later. By its 10th administration, five years later, only 13 graduates who took the test in July 2006 were still sitting for the bar.