Monday, December 28, 2020
Derek Muller (Iowa), Law School First Year Academic Dismissals Drop More Than 50% After Spring Semester Without Grades:
Back in March, I shared some reflections that were mostly against the idea of moving to pass-fail grading, identifying some value of grades in the spring, especially among first-year students, and some problems. One included concerns about academic dismissal of law students.
We now have some figures from law schools. Academic dismissals among first-year law students were down over 50% year-over-year. They dropped from 1182 among ABA-accredited law schools (excluding schools in Puerto Rico) in 2019 down to 558 in 2020. (1L enrollment was basically flat.) ...
[W]e won’t know until next December what the 2L academic dismissal rates look like, and whether they’ll back-fill academic dismissals into this class.