Monday, November 7, 2016

Above the Law: Hofstra Blames Lazy Graduates With Low GPAs For Abysmal Performance On Bar Exam

Law School Blames Lazy Graduates With Low GPAs For Abysmal Performance On Bar Exam By Staci Zaretsky.  Excerpts:

"One New York law school seems to have pinpointed the exact reason why its overall pass rate was so low. The school revealed in a recent email to all students that graduates with low GPAs and students who refused to work hard on studying dragged down the school’s overall pass rate. Which law school could it be?"

"The school in question is Hofstra Law School, and its bar passage rate has progressively slipped from 84 percent in July 2013 to 64 percent in July 2016."

"Last night, Hofstra’s dean sent an email to current students about the school’s abysmal bar passage rate:

'The July 2016 New York State Bar results were released, and our pass rate for first-time takers was 64 percent, a decline of 3 percent from the previous year. The average pass rate for first-time takers at New York schools was 83 percent. …
Hard work is truly an important factor in Bar success. Studies have found that students who complete at least 75 percent of their commercial Bar prep work have a significantly higher chance of passing the exam. Also, the strongest indicator of success continues to be a student’s final law school GPA. If you are currently ranked in the bottom 50 percent of your class, I strongly encourage you to reach out to our academic success advisors.'"

"It’s no wonder Hofstra graduates with low GPAs have suffered when it comes to passing the bar exam. Take a look at how the law school’s admissions criteria have sunk since 2010, particularly in the 25th percentile range. Students who entered the school with those numbers may well have become graduates with low law school GPAs, which have been shown to correlate strongly with success (or lack thereof) on the bar exam."

(Chart via Law School Transparency)

(Chart via Law School Transparency)

As I have said before, if a law school is going to admit students with low indicators, they have to better educate students beginning in the first year. A third-year bar review course is too late.

(Scott Fruehwald)

P.S. One must wonder how well students in Hofstra's 25th percentile range will do on future bar exams, considering that this year's bar class had a 151 LSAT while the next two years' classes had a 147.

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