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Monday, February 04, 2008

Possible New ABA Rule on Bar Passage

It looks like the ABA might approve a rule requiring accredited law schools to demonstrate that at least 75% of their graduates passed the bar exam:
Amid pressure from the U.S. Department of Education, the American Bar Association is poised to tighten a rule that requires law schools to show that they are graduating students who can pass the bar exam.

The ABA is expected to approve the controversial measure at its meeting in Los Angeles from Feb. 6 through Feb. 12, when its House of Delegates will consider a recommendation from the ABA's legal education section.
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In general, the change would create a quantitative rule requiring law schools to demonstrate that 75% of their graduates passed the bar exam or to show that their pass rates were within a certain range compared with other law schools in the same jurisdiction. The change is technically a new interpretation of an existing accreditation standard. Almost all states require law students to graduate from an ABA-accredited law school in order to obtain a license to practice.

Under the current rule, the ABA does not require law schools to demonstrate a specific pass rate, but instead to show in general that they are preparing students for admission to the bar and maintaining a rigorous academic program.
Could this new rule spell more trouble for AMSOL's future as an accredited law school? After all, AMSOL's Michigan bar passage rate this past summer was only 72%.

More commentary at TaxProf and Volokh.

HT: commenter Batman

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