Tuesday, September 2, 2008
ABA OKs Bar Exam Courses for Graduation is an interesting August 11, 2008 story from ABA Journal Now Blog. It reports on the ABA House of Delegates action which permitts law schools to require a bar exam course for graduation. A copy of that action is available by clicking Resolution 112B (PDF).
I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I do not believe that law schools should teach "tricks and short cuts" to pass the bar. They exist to teach students how to think. On the other hand, the reality is that most students need to take these classes so why shouldn't the law schools offer them? On balance I believe that this classes should be offerred, but they should be electives. In any event, most students will probably take such a class if it is offered as an elective.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein