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Monday, February 10, 2014

ABA 'Holds its Collective Nose,' Throws in the Towel on New Bar Passage Standard; Also Allows Credit for Paid Externships, Requires 6 (not 15) Hours of Clinics, Retains Tenure Requirement

ABA Logo 2ABA Journal:  ABA Committee Throws in the Towel on New Bar Pass Standard, by Mark Hansen:

After several years and as many false starts, an ABA committee has for the time being given up trying to improve upon the existing bar exam requirements in the law school accreditation standards. The Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar’s standards review committee, which met Friday in conjunction with the ABA Midyear Meeting in Chicago, voted instead to recommend turning the current interpretation on bar passage rates into a standard.

The vote followed a brief presentation by committee member Catherine L. Carpenter, a Southwestern Law School professor who chairs the working group that drafted the proposed new bar pass standard the committee was supposed to consider. Carpenter said the working group had reluctantly concluded that its draft proposal wasn’t ready to be acted upon because not all jurisdictions currently provide name-specific bar exam results to law schools. Under the draft proposal, a law school would be required to show that 75 percent of its graduates who took a bar exam in the two years after the year of their

Update:  National Law Journal, ABA Moves Toward Allowing Paid Student Externships

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2014/02/aba-holds-.html

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Comments

Law profs, here's a law review article to consider: "Regulatory capture" in professional accrediting organizations. Or is that a little too close to home?

Posted by: Modest Proposal | Feb 11, 2014 7:03:22 AM

"After several years and as many false starts, an ABA committee has for the time being given up trying to improve upon the existing bar exam requirements in the law school accreditation standards. "

Paging Senators Grassley and Boxer, paging Senators Grassley and Boxer: it's time to start questioning the ABA's worthiness as an accreditor again...

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Feb 10, 2014 4:02:14 PM