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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.

Numbers show slight increase in two-year bar pass rates

Based on data for 2019 graduates, the two-year bar passage rate for ABA-accredited law schools has increased to 91.17%.

Following a boost in 2021, national average score for February 2022 MBE drops

After increasing to 134 in 2021, the national mean scaled score for the February Multistate Bar Examination has decreased to 132.6 for 2022, which was the same as it was in 2020—just before COVID-19-related quarantines started in many jurisdictions.

Is interest in law school waning? ‘This year is not going to be as red-hot off the charts’

Some statistics are pointing to a lessened interest in law school this year.

Bar examinee not permitted to finish test because of high temperature

When Alaina Arroyo woke up Wednesday morning, her first thought was to get ready for Day Two of the Nebraska bar exam. Then she remembered that wasn’t going to happen because her temperature had registered at 101 degrees on Tuesday, and she was told to leave the testing site.

Law students in this state would be allowed to take bar exam after five semesters if bill wins approval

The Virginia House of Delegates on Friday passed a bill allowing students at approved law schools to take the bar exam after completing five semesters of full-time study.

Lactation stations and breastfeeding accommodations are needed for bar exam attendees

Bar admissions authorities, bar associations, law schools and legal employers need to establish clear and consistent policies that provide accommodations to individuals who are lactating, the ABA House of Delegates resolved Monday.

Which law schools overperformed on the bar exam? Some are unranked by US News

What helps law schools garner better-than-expected bar passage rates? A high ranking by U.S. News & World Report isn't necessarily part of the formula, according to a new study.

Jurisdictions hope safety plans curb COVID-19 fears for in-person bar exam

In addition to JD certificates and character and fitness responses, many February bar exam candidates preparing for the in-person test are also submitting proof of COVID-19 vaccines or a negative test—and in some cases both.

While NCBE sticks with in-person February bar exam, one state supreme court greenlights planning for future alternatives

There will be no remote offerings from the National Conference of Bar Examiners for the February bar exam, and in the event that a jurisdiction prohibits large gatherings, makeup dates for an in-person test will be offered in late March, the organization announced Monday.

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