Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Deans, Law Profs Weigh In On The California Bar Exam

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Scott-As Derek points out in his blog (click on my name for the page) the CA Bar report did look at added bar prep courses (those offered by law schools not BarBri etc). It found a negative correlation! They hurt rather than helped - altho there is a selection problem if weaker students tend to take those courses - although I recall at least one dean (USD I think) pointing out that a very high percentage of 3Ls take these courses.

Posted by: Anon | Jan 18, 2019 1:22:36 PM

Here's another thing I haven't seen pointed out elsewhere. Over the last fifteen years law schools have added bar review courses and academic support personnel. Yet, despite these changes, bar scores continue to fall.

Posted by: Scott Fruehwald | Jan 17, 2019 11:38:32 AM

Kudos to Profs. Mueller and Anderson on some honest, cutting analysis. Naturally it is the youngest professors that write on the topic with the most honesty. They have a vested interest in a long-term sustainable solution to this entire law school mess. Contrast that to the mid-career or older profs and administrators who are looking to lower standards to keep the pipeline of money going temporarily without offering any real solution to the unemployment crisis.

Posted by: JM | Jan 16, 2019 11:32:48 AM

Don't these Deans have a conflict of interest when they weigh in on whether CA should lower the cut score on the Bar Exam? Why should be listen to their self-serving arguments as opposed to those of others who do not have a vested interest in higher CA bar pass rates?

Posted by: Harry Aliosa | Jan 16, 2019 10:13:39 AM