Dean Allard Prepares to Formulate an Explanation Regarding Bar Passage Rates, One that Does Not Require Increasing Standards...
UPDATE: David Frakt just weighed in on Florida Coastal SOL, here, with similar conclusions.
Every so often, the debate comes up as to whether the bar exam is "too hard." The obvious concern being that being too strict will lower the number of lawyers available to engage the need for low-cost, effective services, and it has nothing at all to do with, say, the financial viability of law schools themselves. It was almost a year ago that we discussed that topic, and I'm sure it won't be the last time.
However, an interesting data point has occurred recently regarding Bar Exam results in North Carolina!
This year, the results of most recent North Carolina bar exam were not only obtained and published by state law schools humbling bragging about their graduates’ success rates, but they were also obtained and published by the Triangle Business Journal. The data has revealed that the state’s overall passage rate is the highest that it’s been in the past three years.
One has to ask what the change was! Better-qualified students? Practice-ready teaching? Anomalous statistics? Easier bar exams? The intersectionality of Law and Nietzschean Philosophy?
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