ABA Committee to Preserve Current Bar Pass Standards

After several years and as many false starts, an ABA committee has given up for now trying to improve upon the existing bar exam requirements in the law school accreditation standards, the ABA Journal reports. The Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar’s standards review committee, which met in conjunction with the ABA Midyear Meeting in Chicago last week, voted instead to recommend turning the current interpretation on bar passage rates into a standard. Under the current interpretation – and proposed new standard – a law school can meet the bar pass requirement either by showing that 75 percent of its graduates who took the bar exam in at least three of the previous five years passed or by showing that its graduates’ first-time bar pass rate was no more than 15 points below the average bar pass rate for ABA-approved schools in states where its graduates took the bar.