Bar Passage Proposal Alarms Diversity Advocates

The National Bar Association, the largest association of black lawyers and judges, is opposing a proposal to increase the ABA’s minimum bar-passage rate for law schools from 75 to 85 percent, the National Law Journal reports. “Any undertaking of a change to law school accreditation standards must include a thorough consideration of any potential impact the change may have on students of color," U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., wrote in a letter to the ABA last week. "Otherwise, such a change may only exacerbate the lack of diversity within the legal profession."