Paul L. Caron

Saturday, February 23, 2019

ABA Delays Decision On Tougher Bar Passage Accreditation Standard, Considers Regulating The Growing Number Of Non-J.D. Programs

ABA Logo (2016)ABA Journal, ABA Legal Ed Council Delays Decision on Stricter Bar-Passage Standards:

The ABA’s legal education council has delayed a decision on whether to implement a stricter bar-passage standard for accredited law schools, prolonging a years-long debate of the hot-button issue.

On Friday, during a meeting in Marina del Rey, California, the council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar announced it would defer acting on the proposed change and take up the issue again during its next meeting, scheduled for May 16-18 in Chicago. The proposed bar passage change, which has been under consideration for years, would require 75 percent of a school’s bar takers to pass within two years of graduation, rather than the five years allowed under the current Standard 316. ...

Update:, ABA Delays Decision on Tougher Bar Pass Rule

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It would be hard to damage legal education, opportunity, affordability, quality and diversity *worse* than by requiring a four-year degree of no particular relevance beforehand, then mandatory basic courses that take a few weeks in bar-review lectures - or a few days perusing study guides - dragged out for a year by a sophomoric "socratic method" of calling on the class a lot.

Legislatures, courts, lawyers and organizations who care about the values they so often talk about should welcome paths to legal learning other than the inaccessible and wasteful "J.D."

We should reject any pretexts for stifling them - and be ready to reconsider our "acquiescence" to a trade lobby regulating access to our profession.

Posted by: Anand Desai | Feb 25, 2019 6:10:19 AM