Yesterday, the ABA House of Delegates rejected a proposal that would have required law schools to ensure a minimum 75% of their alumni pass a bar exam within two years of graduation. The House heard from a total of ten speakers, of whom five were for the proposal with the other five being against it.
The National Black Law Students Association was one of the groups against the proposal and they argued the proposal failed to address racial inequities. Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham spoke in favor of the proposal. She argued that “The bottom of the class is financing people at the top of the class,” and further remarked that, “You cannot diversify the legal profession if these candidates cannot acquire a license to practice.” Other arguments included the lack of studies on the potential diversity impact of the proposal and the varying state bar passage rates.
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The bar passage requirement was rejected yet again on Friday in Boston after the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar decided to once again reject a higher bar passage requirement. (Technically, the section voted to shelf the proposal so additional time could be spent to attempt to garner more support.)
Diversity considerations were still in play as the proposal was opposed by members of the National Black Law Students Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools Deans Steering Committee.