ABA council to take up stronger bar pass standard for law schools again in May 2019

19 March 2019

AZ CENTRAL — The American Bar Association Council is set to take up a proposal in May that would require law schools to have 75 percent of their graduates who take the bar exam pass it within two years.

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Podcast: Interview with NALP Executive Director Jim Leipold on law firm hiring

18 March 2019

LAW.COM — In this week’s podcast, we hear from Law.com legal education editor Karen Sloan about some surprises in this year’s report, which includes the top 50 law schools with the biggest percentage of 2018 J.D. graduates who took first-year associate jobs at major law firms.

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ABA legal education section delays decision on stronger bar pass standard for law schools

25 February 2019

LAW.COM — It seems the years-long debate over a controversial proposal to toughen the ABA’s bar pass standard for law schools will drag on for several more months. The ABA’s council of the section of legal education and admission to the Bar failed to reach a decision on the proposal.

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FIU Law Professor Scott Norberg discusses Journal of Legal Education article on law graduate employment and ABA standards

25 February 2019

LAW.COM — The American Bar Association has long maintained accreditation rules governing law school admission and bar passage rates, but none of those regulations directly addresses law graduate employment.

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California Bar seeks to improve inclusion for LGBT lawyers

19 February 2019

LAW.COM — California’s state bar has added some probing new questions to a survey of its licensees in an attempt to fulfill its mission of supporting “greater access to, and inclusion in, the legal system.”

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules DACA recipients eligible for bar admission

19 February 2019

LAW.COM — There are more than 200 hundred questions on the Pennsylvania Bar Exam, but for the past few years there was one question even the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners wasn’t sure how to answer.

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A look at test security for the bar exam and LSAT

19 February 2019

ABA JOURNAL — Attorney licensing exams are not immune from cheating, says James Wollack, an educational psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison whose research includes test security.

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ABA House of Delegates rejects changes to the bar passage standard for law schools

4 February 2019

ABA JOURNAL — For the second time, the ABA House of Delegates voted against a proposal to tighten a bar passage rate standard for accredited law schools. At the ABA Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas on Monday, the final vote was 88 in favor of the resolution, and 334 opposed.

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DC Bar exam back on schedule after government shutdown ends

4 February 2019

LAW.COM — The District of Columbia’s February bar exam is on track to take place as scheduled next month, after the prolonged partial government shutdown threw the test into uncertainty. The District of Columbia court system’s Committee of Admissions announced late Friday that the exam will take place Feb. 26 and 27.

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Legal education community weighs-in on ABA proposal to tighten bar exam pass rate standard for law schools

29 January 2019

ABA JOURNAL — In the days before the ABA House of Delegates revisits a proposed standard revision to tighten bar passage requirements for accredited law schools, some say an in-depth diversity study should precede any changes made.

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