Should Bar Exam Pass Rates Determine Accreditation?

A current proposal would tie California Law School Accreditation to the school’s rate of bar passage by graduates.

the State Bar could require schools to maintain a minimum bar exam passage rate to keep their California accreditation. Proposed rules and guidelines being circulated for public comment would require a 50 percent, cumulative pass rate over a five-year period.

Although the proposal will not go into effect until 2015, a number of law school deans are speaking out against the proposal. Much of the concern stems from the fear that law school classes might morph into bar prep courses over time to meet the standards.

If approved, the bar passage requirement would not fully go into effect until fall of 2015. However, law schools would have to meet a 45-percent passage standard by fall of 2013 and again in 2014.

A forum to discuss the proposal has been set for 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, in San Francisco. Comments may be emailed to Kim Wong.

You can read the full article here at the Cal Bar Journal Online. The article does include a quote from our own Dean Moless on the subject.

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