Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Utah Law Dean Runs 100-Mile Race For 100% Bar Passage/100% Professional Employment Program

100%Following up on my previous posts:

National Law Journal, Utah Law Dean Runs 100-Mile Race for 100% Bar-Pass Program:

More than 11 hours into his bid to complete a 100-mile ultramarathon on Friday, the rain began falling on Robert Adler, dean of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. The weather worsened as night fell, leaving Adler, 60, and his fellow runners in the Zion 100 Ultramarathon slogging through an increasingly muddy trail in the dark.

Despite the deteriorating conditions, Adler remained determined to finish the race and to underscore his commitment to the school’s ambitious plan to have 100 percent of its graduates pass the bar exam on their first attempt and have 100 percent in professional jobs within 10 months of leaving campus. The race took place just outside of Zion National Park, in the southwest corner of Utah.

Adler pledged months ago to complete race in order to raise awareness of the so-called 100/100 initiative. In the end, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management cut the race short due to the poor trail conditions, but Adler finished 84 miles in just under 26 hours—and almost certainly would have finished the full 100 miles within the 34-hour cutoff.

The National Law Journal spoke with Adler Monday about the race and the law school’s push to boost bar pass and employment rates. His answers have been edited for length.

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Running 84 miles at any age is deeply impressive; at age 60, it is absolutely extraordinary. Still, I am with the Captain on this one: I feel like this amazing accomplishment could have raised tens of thousands of dollars in medical research funding or something frankly more important than law school outcomes.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Apr 14, 2016 12:34:28 PM

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of law has posted their employment statistics. 92% professionally employed (94% overall). Not too shabby and an improvement over last year, so moving toward the goal!

Posted by: Jess Hofberger | Apr 14, 2016 8:29:42 AM

This is very very telling Rich actually. Most marathons are run for somewhat intractable causes. Breast Cancer, Alzheimers, MS, Diabetes.... What is Dean Wormer's implied message? Getting a long tern full time legal job that requires bar passage is as difficult as curing cancer?

Posted by: Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King | Apr 13, 2016 6:02:27 AM

Sounds like running 84 miles is close enough to 100 he is counting his goal as completed due to factors beyond his control. I expect the same thing will happen with employment numbers. I note that this school has not released its class of 2015 employment numbers yet while a lot of others have.

Posted by: bIeber | Apr 13, 2016 2:13:21 AM