Bar Examinations and High-Stakes Assessments


Law Schools Can Solve the "Bar Pass Problem"—"Do the Work!"

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Law Review Article

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incoming indicators, bar passage, academic success programs, law school selectivity, law school exams, grade inflation


"Law schools have a moral and professional obligation, not only to graduate their increasingly heterogeneous student body, but also to enable graduates to practice by preparing them to pass the bar. This essay explains why strategies to improve the bar pass rate by increasing selectivity, either through admissions or attrition, may not succeed. It argues that law schools must work with the students they admit. The essay concludes by offering a number of common sense tactics and strategies to raise exam pass rates without turning law schools into 'bar schools'" (p. 322).