Paul L. Caron

Saturday, May 18, 2019

ABA: Law Schools Will Lose Their Accreditation Unless 75% Of Their Graduates Pass The Bar Within Two Years, Beginning With The Class of 2017

ABA Logo (2016)ABA Journal, ABA Legal Ed Section's Council Adopts Tighter Bar Pass Standard; Clock For Compliance Starts Now:

Following multiple years of discussion, and two rejections from the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar adopted a proposed revision to tighten an accreditation standard regarding bar passage Friday.

To be in compliance with the revised version of Standard 316, at least 75% of a law school’s graduates who sat for a bar exam must pass within two years of graduation. Under the previous rule, there were various ways to meet the standard, and no law school had been found to be out of compliance with it.

National Law Journal, ABA Toughens Bar-Pass Standard for Law Schools

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I must say I'm shocked the ABA actually took this step. The step itself has always seemed so non-controversial to me. It's the fortitude to do what is obviously within the ABA's "mandate" that has been lacking.

I can't wait to see what fanciful and pernicious schemes the worst actor schools will adopt to circumvent this. I've learned over the years reading this blog law schools are capable of things that would make Enron executives blush,

Posted by: Anon | May 19, 2019 9:08:09 AM

It's up to the state legislatures to shutter weak law schools. Of course, they do nothing. As is, the over-production of JDs is such that it's a reasonable inference that 1/3 of those who complete their studies will be unable to build careers in law.

Posted by: Art Deco | May 19, 2019 8:41:09 AM