Paul L. Caron

Friday, October 21, 2016

Arizona Summit Law School's Bar Passage Rate Plummets To Shocking 24.6% (Down From 96.7% In 2008)

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If the ABA refuses to act against these egregious bad actors, can we just stop the pretense of regulation in this market and stop our own ABA -mandated paperwork submissions? Talk about falling asleep at the wheel...

Posted by: Anon | Oct 21, 2016 6:41:12 AM

*Shockingly* the matriculating class 2011 / graduating class of 2014 starts the trendline of a declining median LSAT at ASU, dropping from the low 150's down to 148 and quickly thereafter into the 143-144 danger range. And 25th percentile scores of 140-141, which lest we forget, is about the 10th percentile of all test-takers. Meanwhile the median undergrad GPA dropped into the 2.8 range with a 25th percentile of 2.5.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Oct 21, 2016 7:22:55 AM

What is "shocking" is that in 8 years the first time passage rate went from 96.7% to 24.6%. Goes to show the school is clearly capable of getting qualified applicants to pass the bar at a near perfect rate, but there is nothing they can do with students that have no business being in law school.

Yet legions of law profs still protest that the LSAT doesn't matter to future bar passage.

Posted by: JM | Oct 21, 2016 8:06:13 AM

It's time for state governments to be shuttering schools on consumer protection grounds. Of course, they won't.

Posted by: Art Deco | Oct 21, 2016 10:54:05 AM

Still waiting for the magic formula that takes low performing students (sub 145/3.0 LSAT/GPA folks) and gets them into the profession, especially from schools that have found a way to do this with minority applicants. Still waiting...Years go by...

Hey, wait a minute, I'm starting to think no such formula exists, but but, don't look there, look over here, maybe the Bar exam is the problem! Yeah, that's it, the Bar exam is racist and oppressive! Away with the exam, and in with more incapable bodies!

Sarcasm aside, this is precisely where law school administrators would like to go, it seems. The ABA's wholesale failure at its mandate could not be more apparent.

Posted by: Anon | Oct 21, 2016 11:16:50 AM

Hasn't Florida Coastal maintained high bar passage rates with students with similar LSAT scores?

Posted by: Bar exam | Oct 21, 2016 9:05:39 PM

Florida Coastal first-time takers had a 47.4% bar passage rate on the 2016 Florida bar exams.

Posted by: Anon | Oct 23, 2016 5:43:36 AM

Remember, this is the school that had one of its deans frantically calling bar takers just before the exam to try to convince them to delay in exchange for $10,000. It's comical.

Posted by: Lonnie | Oct 24, 2016 11:27:11 AM