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Monday, September 24, 2018

Study: 1L Grades, Upper Level Bar Courses Better Predictors Of Bar Passage Than LSAT, UGPA

Amy Farley,  Christopher Swoboda, Joel Chanvisanuruk, Keanen McKinley & Alicia Boards (Cincinnati), Law Student Success and Supports: Examining Bar Passage and Factors That Contribute to Student Performance:

In recent years, law schools have experienced a decline in enrollment and bar passage. Higher education has been challenged to understand this new phenomenon and conduct research that can inform law student success practices and policies. This paper presents findings from research conducted at a large, Midwestern public university that investigated the factors and student characteristics most strongly associated with bar passage. Results suggest that bar passage can be predicted by a wide battery of variables. Despite some literature that suggests otherwise, however, LSAT and undergraduate GPA are weakly predictive, while information from the first year of law school – even the performance in just one first semester course – explains significantly more variation in bar passage. These preliminary results provide important first insights into bar passage.

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Comments

One wonders how well this study's conclusions will translate to law schools thoroughly in the grip of grade inflation.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Sep 24, 2018 9:35:17 AM

Doesn't matter - as long as there are quartiles. Your concern should be with grade compression, not grade inflation.

Posted by: Diane Klein | Sep 24, 2018 11:28:01 PM