Monday, November 13, 2017

ABA Warns More Schools about Bar Passage Rates

From the National Jurist (excerpts):

The American Bar Association has warned two more law schools that they are “significantly out of compliance” with accreditation requirements, primarily related to poor bar exam performance. That brings the total number of schools with current warnings to five, and several more schools could receive warnings in the next year or so. 

Florida Coastal School of Law and Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School were the latest schools to receive warning letters from Barry Currier, the ABA’s managing director of Accreditation and Legal Education.

In its response, Florida Coastal pointed out that its incoming credentials are better than 23 other law schools. 

"[W]e do not believe we are out of compliance at the present," the school stated in a letter to the local newspaper. "The ABA’s decision was based on historical data and likely influenced by our recent bar passage results. It was also made before the ABA could have seen the 90 percent improvement in our Florida first-time bar pass results from February to July."

Arizona Summit School of Law, is on probation for noncompliance with ABA admissions and academic standards.  Only nine of Arizona Summit’s 2017 graduates who took the Arizona Bar Exam passed the test. The school’s total pass rate for the July 2017 exam was 20.1 percent.

 “In May 2017, two other law schools — Thomas Jefferson School of Law and Appalachian School of Law — received similar warning letters regarding admissions practices and academic programming.

You can read the full article here.


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