Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Florida International Law School's Bar Exam Secret Sauce

FIU 2Following up on my previous posts:

Michael Hunter Schwartz (Dean, McGeorge), Florida International School of Law and the Bar Pass Secret Sauce:

Florida International School of Law, ranked fifth among the 11 ABA-approved law schools in Florida, has enjoyed a bar pass rate, over the past six bar exams, that is first, first, first, second, first, and first in the state. In other words, we cannot even see the fluke line from where we are standing; instead, it’s time we recognize that FIU has found the bar pass secret sauce.

What is that secret sauce? It could not be simply having an academic support and/or bar pass program. Many U.S. law schools have implemented academic support and bar pass programs aimed at ensuring their students graduate and pass the bar exam on the first try. These programs have enjoyed varying degrees of success, but no law school has experienced anything close to the long-term, sustained success FIU has enjoyed.

The architect of FIU’s Bar Pass success, Professor Louis Schulze, has authored a law review article that provides some insight [Using Science to Build Better Learners: One School's Successful Efforts to Raise Its Bar Passage Rates in an Era of Decline]. The crux of Professor Schulze’s approach involves empowering law students by teaching them modern brain science principles and study strategies, convincing the students to implement those principles, and supporting their efforts to do so.

The full article is worth a read. Below, to whet your appetite for the full article, I detail three principles that animate Professor Schulze’s approach. ...

In short, by teaching students to be expert students, FIU has helped its students successfully navigate the bar exam.

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We have been praising the success of Professor Schulze's approach for a couple of years at the Legal Skills Prof Blog. FIU's success demonstrates that a law school can succeed if they follow principles from general education research. Of course, Dean Schwartz was the first person in legal education to suggest this.

Posted by: Scott Fruehwald | Jun 13, 2018 1:25:04 PM