Paul L. Caron
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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The Top 10 Legal Education Stories Of 2019

Karen Sloan (Law.com), Better Bar Scores, Big Donations, ABA Crackdown: Legal Education in 2019:

[W]e’ve rounded up our top 10 legal education stories of 2019. ...

1. Bar Exam Turnaround—Flagging bar pass rates have plagued legal education for the better part of a decade, but 2019 pass rates—on the whole—were up for both the February and July administrations. The average score on the Multistate Bar Exam, which is the 200-question multiple-choice portion of the test, increased 1.2 points in February and 1.6 points in July. Pass rates rose in most jurisdictions. California’s July pass rate, for example, went from 40.7% in 2018 to 50.1% in 2019. New York’s pass rate rose 2 percentage points to 65%. And Florida’s pass rate increase 7 percentage points to land at 74% in July.

2. Major Gifts, New Names—2019 might just go down as legal education’s year of donor drama. The University of Alabama returned $21 million to donor Hugh Culverhouse Jr. and stripped his name from the school in June after a public spat over—depending on who you believe—abortion rights or donor meddling. Then law students and alumni at the University of Pennsylvania staged a mutiny when administrators sought to change the school’s nickname to Carey Law after receiving $125 million from the W.P. Carey Foundation in November. (Long term, the school will be known as Penn Carey Law). Things have gone smoother at Pepperdine University, after the law school changed its name to Pepperdine University Rick J. Caruso School of Law in October after receiving a $50 million gift.

3. New Enrollment Plateaus...
4. Kim Kardashian, Esq.? ...
5. A Tougher Bar Pass Standard ...
6. Justice for Dan Markel? ...
7. U.S. News Shakes Things Up ...
8. ABA Crackdown Continues ...
9. The Digital LSAT Is Here ...
10. Big Changes in Law Firm and Judicial Clerk Hiring ...

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