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ABA legal ed council delays decision on stricter bar-passage standards

The ABA’s legal education council has delayed a decision on whether to implement a stricter bar passage standard for accredited law schools, prolonging a yearslong debate of the hot-button issue.

Legal ed groups ask ABA for more transparency while awaiting possible changes to bar passage standard

Two legal education groups have asked that the council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar increase transparency and collaboration in its decision-making.

Why can’t you bring mechanical pencils to the LSAT? Blame test-taking tricksters

Attorney licensing exams are not immune from cheating, says James Wollack, an educational psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison whose research includes test security. In fact, the first time he was asked to analyze exam result data to see whether it supported test fraud, it was for a Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination.

Last InfiLaw school seeks nonprofit status from ABA’s legal ed section

The Florida Coastal School of Law, one of the three for-profit InfiLaw campuses that sued the American Bar Association regarding accreditation matters, and the only one that has not…

ABA House of Delegates rejects changes to the bar passage standard for law schools

For the second time, the ABA House of Delegates voted against a proposal to tighten a bar passage rate standard for accredited law schools. At the ABA Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas on Monday, House members were asked to stand for a vote count, and the final vote was 88 in favor of the resolution, and 334 opposed.

Should the ABA change bar passage standards for law schools?

In the days before the ABA House of Delegates revisits a proposed standard revision to tighten bar passage requirements for accredited law schools, some say an in-depth diversity study should…

Atlanta’s John Marshall placed on probation for noncompliance with program, admissions standards

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School has been placed on probation by the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar as of Dec. 13.

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California Supreme Court waiting for study results before revisiting bar exam cut score

While describing the outcome of the July 2018 California bar exam—which had a 40.7 percent pass rate—as “frightening,” California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said on Tuesday the state…

Indiana commission to examine bar exam cut score; California asked to take ‘fresh look’ at its exam

Following a July 2018 bar exam pass rate of 65 percent, the Indiana Supreme Court has assembled a special commission to review the test’s format and content and consider whether the cut score should be changed.

Law school grad sues hotel for $100M after discovering she was secretly videotaped in shower

A law school graduate has filed a $100 million lawsuit that claims she was secretly taped with a hidden camera while taking a shower at a hotel where she was…

Lowest bar pass rate for California in 67 years; other states see drop, too

Only 40.7 percent of the people who took the California July 2018 bar exam passed, according to a state bar news release.

ABA legal ed council sends bar-passage standard back to House of Delegates

Paperwork for the ABA’s House of Delegates to again consider a proposed revision of the bar passage standard for law school accreditation has been submitted, said Barry Currier, director of…

New York state bar exam results released, pass rate has dropped

Out of 9,679 people who sat for the July 2018 New York state bar exam, 63 percent passed.

Average national Multistate Bar Exam score sinks to lowest level since ‘84

The national average for the July 2018 Multistate Bar Examination slumped to 139.5—its lowest level in 34 years, according to TaxProf Blog editor Paul Caron and Law.com.

Law grad with sleep apnea isn’t entitled to accommodation in bar admission process, court says

The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld a decision to deny bar admission to a Florida Coastal law grad who contended his sleep apnea should have been accommodated as a disability during the application process.

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