Bar Examinations and High-Stakes Assessments

Curriculum Design and Bar Passage: New York Law School's Experience

David Chang, New York Law School
Joanne M. Ingham, New York Law School
Donald H. Zeigler, New York Law School


Many NYLS graduates taking the NY bar exam passed below the state rate. This article describes how improvements in bar passage rates were achieved through the implementation of a comprehensive curriculum program. The article further considers how the law school improved test scores of low-performing students by addressing academic rigor and capacity to practice law.