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Monday, February 11, 2008

Dobranski Email Re: Proposed ABA Bar Passage Standard

From: Dobranski, Bernard
Sent: Mon 2/11/2008 9:58 AM
To: All Law System Distribution; All Alumni
Subject: Proposed ABA Standard Interpretation - Bar Passage Rates

Dear Ave Maria Law School Community,

Recently there has some false information and rumors at law schools around the nation, including Ave Maria, about a proposed change in ABA Standard Interpretations regarding bar passage. Attached you will find a Frequently Asked Questions document from the ABA regarding the change that is being considered. In short, a proposal has been made regarding a possible alteration of the Interpretation to the Standard requiring law schools to assure that their graduates pass the bar in satisfactory numbers.

Let me stress that we are in full compliance with the Standard as it is currently interpreted and as proposed, and we fully expect that we would remain in full compliance if the proposed Interpretation is adopted.

That being said, we continue to strive to prepare our students for success on the bar exam. Just this semester, we have instituted a series of bar review programs designed to give our graduating 3L's as much exposure to the bar exam as possible, months before graduation. Our goal is and always has been a 100% bar passage rate and we will continue working toward the goal regardless of any changes made by the ABA.

Dean Bernard Dobranski

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