ABA to Revisit Bar Passage Standards at Meeting This Week

The ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar will revisit a controversial proposal to tighten law school standards regarding bar passage rates when it meets in Chicago on May 17, the ABA Journal reports. An agenda for the open session portion of the meeting does not list what actions will be considered on the proposed revision to Standard 316, which currently mandates a 75% pass rate for all graduates over the five most recent calendar years, or a 75% pass rate for at least three of those five years. However, meeting materials include a memo in support of the revision, requiring at least 75% of a law school’s graduates who sat for a bar exam to pass within two years of graduation.
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