Data snapshot of bar pass rates for law graduates

1 May 2019

LAW.COM — The fact that bar exam pass rates have been in decline is not news to the legal industry. But the scale and reach of the trend—as well as its impact on graduating law students and the profession overall—is more challenging to measure.

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An analysis of recent bar exam pass rates for law school graduates

1 May 2019

ABA JOURNAL — The data is for graduates of ABA-accredited law schools, according to a press release. The percentage is substantially the same as for 2015 law grads, who had an 88.49% bar pass rate within two years.

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An analysis of law school bar pass rates

24 April 2019

LAW.COM — Law.com analyzed the bar pass rates reported by schools to the American Bar Association between 2013 and 2017 and found that 42 out of 203 ABA-accredited law schools saw their pass rate fall anywhere from 10 to 20 percent. Thirty-five schools had pass-rate declines of more than 20 percent in those four years.

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February Multistate Bar Exam pass rate up after five years of decline

24 April 2019

LAW.COM — The national average score on the Multistate Bar Exam increased by 1.2 points to 134 for the February 2019 test, according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners. That represents the first increase in the mean February MBE score since 2013, which was followed by a five-year slide in bar exam pass rates.

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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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