Study Cites Lower #LSAT Standards in #LawSchool Admissions https://t.co/UVpZgeyvSf – suggests leading to lower state bar exam rates – True?
— LSAT PREParation (@LSATPreparation) October 27, 2015
The article referenced in the above tweet covers a lot of ground and is interesting. As you know, the number of applications to law schools in the United States has fallen over the last few years. Obviously, it’s easier to “get in to” to U.S. law schools than it was. (This is not true in Canada which has such a small number of law schools.)
In any case, you will find this article to be an interesting read.
At least two studies, including one this year that examined admissions exam scores from 2000 to 2011, have concluded that scores on the test, administered by the Law School Admission Council, closely track later bar passage rates.
Mr. McEntee of Law School Transparency, a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, said his group’s recent study showed that many schools were admitting students whose lack of legal aptitude made them vulnerable to failing the bar. And, at the same time, they are incurring six-figure student debt that will weigh them down in the future.
The steady erosion in admissions scores between 2010 and 2014, Mr. McEntee, said in his study, is “directly linked to the falling bar exam passage rates in many states.”
The author of the article – Elizabeth Olson – has written a number of law school admission articles that you might find to be of interest.