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    Hello everyone!

    Next week, the ABA will meet in Phoenix to discuss changing the bar passage requirement for member schools. The proposed modification eliminates many loopholes, including the big one that allows up to 5 years to achieve the bar passage rate. The new proposal simply requires at least 75% of graduates who sit for a bar exam to pass within two years.

    We believe this exit requirement will lead the way for more law schools to accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT. While we hope this could boost post graduation employment, application volume and applicant diversity, we’re, quite sadly, not not at all optimistic the GRE will be the magical elixir for achieving that last goal of increased diversity. (But, hey, we’ve been wrong before and we hope we’re wrong this time too!)

    Instead, we fear the schools will cut back on their enrollment and the “fringe” applicants who may not appear to have the best shot at passing the bar will be more likely denied the opportunity to try. We furthermore fear this will be most strongly felt at the very schools these applicants often favor: their local commuter schools. These schools, we reckon, will be the ones with the most to lose as their bar failure rates are the ones most likely to hover precariously close to the 25% mark.

    But enough of what we think. There’s a lot going on here. Do you like the new proposal? Do you think the ABA should do anything different? Do you believe a student’s right to fail should be outweighed by the consequences of failure, i.e. large student loans that are hard to repay? Is achievement of the first two goals at the possible expense of the third worth the risk? Should they raise the required bar passage rate above 75%?

    Best of luck with your applications!

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    #51544

    Hello everyone!

    Just to update this story, the ABA did indeed vote to put the proposal out for public notice and comment which is further than a similar initiative in 2014 went. Erica Moeser, president of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, stated “The intention, as I understand it, is putting the focus back on protecting the law school consumer and retracting from protecting the law schools that fail to deliver a certain percentage of candidates who are able to achieve licensure.”

    Best of luck with your applications!

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