University of South Dakota Law credits additional resources and bar prep program for improved pass rate

24 September 2018

ARGUS LEADER — Newly released tests scores show University of South Dakota Law, the only law school in the state, has dramatically increased its bar passage rate.

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FIU Law dean discusses graduates’ bar exam success

24 September 2018

FIU NEWS — FIU College of Law graduates have earned the highest bar passage rate of any of Florida’s 11 law schools on the July 2018 Florida Bar Exam.

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Average Multistate Bar Exam score hits 34-year low

24 September 2018

ABA JOURNAL — The national average for the July 2018 Multistate Bar Examination slumped to 139.5—its lowest level in 34 years. Figures released Friday show the average score was a decrease of about 2.2 points from the July 2017 average, the National Conference of Bar Examiners reports.

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AccessLex Institute awards grant to evaluate how the California Bar Exam tests job skills

17 September 2018

MARKETS INSIDER — AccessLex Institute has awarded a grant of $515,000 to the State Bar of California to build on studies performed last year to address the state’s bar exam passage rate and other matters related to the exam.

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Connecticut Bar Exam pass rate lowest since 2000

4 June 2018

FOX61 — Only 38 percent of law students passed the Connecticut bar exam earlier this year, the first time since 2000 that the pass rate for the February test fell below 50 percent.

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Bar prep technology changing with the times

30 May 2018

ABA JOURNAL — The days of attending bar review classes in person are waning, say law school deans, and recent graduates preparing for the bar now do a great deal of studying on smartphones with offerings like streamed lectures, flashcard apps and even YouTube songs devoted to thinking through statutes and case law.

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California Bar Exam pass rate hits new low

29 May 2018

THE SACRAMENTO BEE — Only a quarter of applicants passed the California bar exam in its most recent sitting, the State Bar of California announced this week, a record low for the test that lawyers must successfully complete to practice in the state.

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Texas task force recommends adoption of Uniform Bar Exam in state

21 May 2018

TEXAS LAWYER — Texas law graduates would no longer face the Texas bar exam, and instead take a test with fewer essay questions that could qualify them for a law license in 29 states, if the Texas Supreme Court accepts a recommendation from one of its task forces.

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A look at Philadelphia-area law graduate employment data for the class of 2017

21 May 2018

PHILLY VOICE — Four Philadelphia-area universities surpassed the national average (69 percent) of 2017 graduates employed in full-time jobs that require passing the bar exam, including the law schools at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Villanova University, and Drexel University.  

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Weekly legal education report from National Law Journal’s Karen Sloan

1 May 2018

LAW.COM — Can a new online learning program reach minority undergraduates interested in law school? Plus, Karen Sloan examines how Florida International University manages to dominate the Sunshine State’s bar exam.

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