Law schools see increase in bar pass rates for graduates

25 February 2020

ABA JOURNAL — The bar passage rate for first-time test-takers has increased by nearly 5 percentage points, according to data released Monday by the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. First-time test-takers who graduate from an ABA-accredited law school in 2019 have an aggregate pass rate of 79.64%, compared to 74.83% for 2018….

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WMU-Cooley Law president and dean James McGrath lays out vision for the school

27 January 2020

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION — I can think of many such schools but will focus on the one I know best — Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, where I serve as President and Dean. One example of how we are not following the pack is in our authentic commitment to law school access…

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Ohio State University Law professor Deborah Merritt to conduct study of bar exam

21 January 2020

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY MORITZ COLLEGE OF LAW — Professor Deborah Jones Merritt has accumulated just about every teaching award The Ohio State University can offer. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is also working on an important study concerning the bar exam.

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Experts discuss bar exam reform

21 January 2020

ABA JOURNAL — Regardless of where one stands on its effectiveness, in recent years, there has been a significant amount of ongoing research looking at whether the bar exam as we know it is a good tool to assess if someone is ready to practice law. Between 2018 and 2019 three legal organizations funded separate studies….

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A look at law school bar exam pass rates and accreditation issues

26 November 2019

ABA JOURNAL — But for a small number of schools found to be out of compliance with an ABA accreditation admissions standard, some have concerns that even with bar pass rate improvements, they still may not meet a new standard that requires pass rates of at least 75% for graduates who took a bar exam in….

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Podcast: How to ace the bar exam

26 November 2019

LEGAL TALK NETWORK — Joe and Elie chat with Rich Douglas, COO of Themis, about the bar exam and how to conquer it. Rich also tells us about the Themis Law School Essentials program of free review materials for law school courses and we discuss the impact the GRE is going to have on law school admissions.

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University of Georgia Law discusses graduates’ success on state bar exam

11 November 2019

UGA TODAY — For the sixth consecutive year, University of Georgia School of Law graduates achieved the highest bar examination passage rate for first-time takers in the state of Georgia for the July sitting .This achievement closely follows the School of Law’s recent back-to-back ranking as the best value in legal education in the country. This….

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Advice for law school students on overcoming failure

30 October 2019

ABOVE THE LAW —  The students are angry because they are required to take a class they don’t believe they need and don’t think will help them. But on a deeper level, I believe they are upset with themselves and their perceived failure and I am the physical representation of all those things. It is….

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New York Bar Exam pass rates increase

30 October 2019

BUFFALO BUSINESS FIRST — The passage rate for prospective attorneys who took the New York State Bar Examination this past summer saw a three-percentage-point increase from 2018.

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UMass Law announces July 2019 bar exam results for graduates

29 October 2019

UMASS DARTHMOUTH — According to the latest bar exam results released today by Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners, the UMass Dartmouth-based UMass School of Law outscored the statewide average for the second year in a row, just three years after receiving full American Bar Association accreditation. On the July 2019 Massachusetts Bar Exam, UMass Law’s pass rate….

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