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2 of Puerto Rico’s 3 law schools will get more time to meet bar pass standard

Following repeated failures to show compliance with Standard 316, which requires a bar passage rate of at least 75% within two years, the ABA has given an extension of up to three years to two Puerto Rican law schools.

As some jurisdictions consider bar exam alternatives, ABA Legal Ed section again looks at bar pass standard

Language for a controversial law school standard, which states that at least 75% of a law school’s graduates pass a bar within a two-year period, is being examined by the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar—in light of some jurisdictions considering alternative paths to law licensure.

Shortly before July bar exam, ExamSoft announces new Windows laptops likely won’t run testing software

If you have a 2022 Windows laptop with a 12th-generation Intel Core processor, it probably won’t work for the July bar exam.

Harvard Law grad loses suit claiming lack of bar exam accommodations nixed her BigLaw career

A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit filed by a New York lawyer who claims that she failed the bar exam on her first two tries because of disability bias by the New York State Board of Law Examiners.

Lawyer admitted to practice after meth conviction is now accused of shooting deputy

A Louisiana lawyer accused of shooting a sheriff’s deputy Saturday in a possible road rage incident had been admitted to practice following a 1989 felony conviction.

The lawyer, 59-year-old Koby…

Bar examinees have little success with accommodation requests and say the process is stressful

Andrea Gagliardi has various diagnosed disabilities. She had hoped two recent neuropsychological evaluation reports would support her bar exam accommodation requests. But that didn’t happen.

Think you won’t pass the July bar exam? So did many others, but they did, say lawyers

If you are studying for the July bar exam, you’re not going to memorize every flashcard for the Multistate Bar Examination, and that’s OK. You can still pass.

After repeat failures to meet bar pass standard, ABA gives Cooley Law School extension

Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School continues to not meet the 75% bar passage rate required under Standard 316, and the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar recently gave the school an extension to come into compliance.

ABA Legal Ed council seeks comment on proposed revision to law school admissions test requirement

Should the LSAT stay or go? A suggested revision to remove the requirement for law school entrance exams will be going out for notice and comment, following a Friday vote by the council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

Decision to give DC graduates priority access to bar exam supported by local law school deans

Because of seating limitations, Washington, D.C., law school graduates who are first-time test-takers have priority registration for the July 2022 bar exam, the appellate court recently announced, and some deans are not happy about that.

ABA Legal Ed council asked again to remove requirement for entrance exams

A suggestion to eliminate the accreditation standard requiring entrance exams for law school admissions has been made to the council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

In recently released data, ABA parses out bar passage rates by race, ethnicity and gender

According to information released Monday by the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, white candidates who took a bar exam for the first time in 2021 had the highest pass rate, which was 85%. For people of other races or ethnicities, the first-time pass rate ranged from 47% to 84%.

After spike up in 2021, MPRE mean scaled score slightly decreases

The national mean scaled score for the March 2022 Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination is 95.6, compared to 99.0 in 2021, the National Conference of Bar Examiners announced Thursday.

If you pass the bar on first attempt and want to be a lawyer, you’re likely to get hired, 2021 grads say

Employment data for 2021 graduates shows a vibrant job market for new lawyers, but it’s too soon to predict the 2022 market, says Aaron Taylor, executive director of the AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence. Taylor also thinks law school enrollment will be a significant factor.

After 20 tries, law grad passes the bar but is barred from law practice in Massachusetts

A persistent law graduate who passed the bar exam nearly 30 years after his 1985 graduation won’t be able to join the Massachusetts bar as a result of a decision by the state’s top court.

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