Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Following up on my recent posts (links below): National Law Journal, Bar Exam Pass Rates Drop Across the Country:
Bar exam passage rates sank in several big states, indicating a drop in the qualifications of students amid fewer law school applications.
Pass rates in California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania all came in lower for the July 2015 exam.
“As demand for law schools has dropped over the last few years, law schools, as a result, have been admitting and graduating less-qualified students,” said Derek Muller, an associate professor at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California, who has studied and blogged about the issue.
The number of law school applicants plunged from 87,900 in 2010 to 54,130 in 2015, according to the Law School Admission Council.
Law schools have been admitting students with lower LSAT scores and lower grade-point averages in recent few years and “that manifests itself in the bar exam a few years later,” Muller said.
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