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US News extends rankings survey deadline; which law schools will file?

Updated: The ABA Journal asked all ABA-accredited law schools whether they planned to submit the survey. Out of the 117 schools that responded, 30 said they would not, and 23 were undecided.

US News changes its rankings system amid boycotts by most top law schools

U.S. News & World Report is changing its law school rankings system after several law deans announced that they would refuse to provide data to the publication because of their concerns about metrics that emphasize reputation and disincentivize support for public-interest careers.

Top 10 news stories of 2022

Every year, we like to take a look back at the news events and stories that most resonated with our online readers. This year, the financial state of the legal industry dominated the list, accompanied by disciplinary cases, law school rankings and the bar exam.

Law school class of 2022 may be ‘most diverse entering class in history,’ LSAC says

Relying on data from ABA Standard 509 Information Reports released Monday, the Law School Admission Council has found that for the incoming law school class of 2022, 36.6% identify as people of color.

There are fewer JD students this year and increases in non-JD programs, new ABA data says

There is a slight decrease in JD enrollment for the fall 2022 term, according to data released Monday by the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

3 law schools dinged for low bar pass rates

Updated: On Tuesday, the ABA posted notice that the Ave Maria School of Law, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and Vermont Law School are out of compliance with Standard 316, which requires a bar passage rate of at least 75% within a two-year time period.

Last T14 law school announces stance on US News rankings; which two are staying in?

The final holdout among top 14-ranked law schools has announced it will no longer participate in rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

Which law schools are now boycotting US News rankings? Some say they’re staying in

Updated: More law schools are reacting to Yale Law School’s decision to boycott the rankings by U.S. News & World Report—some by joining with Yale Law and others by declaring an intention to continue their participation.

More top law schools boycott US News rankings, but some lower-ranked institutions are reluctant to withdraw

Updated: More law schools have announced that they are pulling out of rankings by U.S. News & World Report because of concerns that they discourage programs to support public-interest careers.

3 law schools ranked in US News top 10 will no longer participate in its rankings

Updated: Three law schools—Yale, Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley—will no longer participate in rankings by U.S. News & World Report, even though they have long snagged top spots.

Bar pass rates for California decrease slightly

California’s overall bar passage rate for the July 2022 administration was 52.4%, compared to 53% in July 2021. Results were released Thursday by the State Bar of California.

Law school participation for online and in-person classes compared by gender in new report

Women who take most of their classes online are more likely to participate than those who have the bulk of their courses in person, according to a new report from the Law School Survey of Student Engagement.

Pass rate for New York’s July bar exam ticks up, as repeat and foreign-educated test-takers do better

Corrected: The pass rate for the July 2022 New York bar exam was 66%, which is an increase of three percentage points from the July 2021 bar exam.

Examining the Bar

The profession often has a hard time with change, and some have said there’s a sense that keeping a bar exam will likely assure people in power that wealthy clients won’t be harmed by admissions alternatives. Nevertheless, lawyers interviewed by the ABA Journal say it’s important that states are even considering changes at all.

Scores for July MBE are similar to last year, NCBE says

The national mean scaled score for the July 2022 Multistate Bar Examination, which consists of 200 multiple-choice questions, is 140.3, the National Conference of Bar Examiners announced Tuesday.

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