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Legal Education Statistics

48 ABA Journal Legal Education Statistics articles.

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.

Which law schools have the highest percent of full-tuition scholarships?

The dean of Pepperdine’s law school has posted a study on full-tuition scholarships among law schools.

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.

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.

Diversity increases with law school deans, according to new AALS study

The number of women and people of color in law school dean positions is growing, but those hired through search firms were mostly white men, according to a new study released by the Association of American Law Schools. The American Law School Dean Study surveyed 197 deans of ABA-accredited law schools and 222 former deans who served between 2010 and 2020

Here’s what could have been behind the shake-ups in US News rankings, say some deans

The University Oregon School of Law moved up the U.S. News & World Report rankings this year, from No. 72 to No. 67, while the University of Wisconsin Law School moved down, from No. 29 to No. 43. Deans at both schools advised potential applicants to take the rankings with “a grain of salt.”

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.

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.

Which law schools have the highest and lowest median LSAT scores?

At Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School and Yale Law School, the median LSAT score for this year’s entering class was 174, which was the highest of all law schools.

A higher percentage of law grads are getting hired by larger firms

Larger firms of 250 or more lawyers are hiring a higher percentage of law grads as class sizes stagnate and law firms grow.

Law school applicants are down, for now, for the first time since 2018

The number of law school applicants has decreased nearly 5% compared to the same time last year, the first decline since 2018.

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