Most New York Law Schools See Decline in Bar Pass Rates

, New York Law Journal


Ten of New York's 15 law schools had their pass rates decline from last year on the July 2015 bar examination, according to figures that the law schools provided to the Law Journal. Three institutions—Touro Law School, New York Law School and Albany Law School—had a double-digit or near double-digit slide.

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  • Attorney

    I recently taught at one of the New York area local law schools. It was apparent, given the overall size of the first year class, that the school had over subscribed and did do so only to stuff its coffers. Many of the students I taught severely lacked basic reading comprehension and writing skills and should not have been admitted. Oh, but how the school promised them the moon and the stars upon admission. The school lavished them with parties and held their hands when they received low grades. Of course, it was the fault of the professor that the student was given a low grade, even though professors were directed to grade on a curve.

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  • Ro

    I‘m sorry, do we have a lawyer shortage? The standards for law school admissions have become lower, fewer people are sitting for the bar exam, and still fewer are passing it. To teach to the exam would be an additional lowering of standards. Should we not be more concerned about raising standards, resulting in more competent, mature, ethical lawyers? Ethics is now a required law school course. The Bar Exam contains a section on ethics, curiously given at the time the student completes the course, thus giving them an edge up on passing. This is not the case with any other subject. Should constitutional law questions only be asked upon completion of the course? Of course not, and partially because there is no time limit on how long one needs to remember what has been learned.Enough spoon feeding. Let‘s keep the standards high. Let‘s not make it easier to become a lawyer. If you learned what you were supposed to learn, which was mainly how to learn, how to assess information, how to read a statute, how to write coherently, you are well placed to pass any bar exam in any state, and if you have to learn some additional principles that are particular to one state, you study, you learn. If you can‘t do it, and ADA adjustments don‘t help you, you really shouldn‘t be a lawyer. There are other things to do with one‘s life after all.

  • Brian

    Is the bar exam even relevant? The biggest question never answered is whether the practice in Wisconsin among Wisconsin grads (automatic admission) is any different in quality from those who graduated from non-Wisconsin schools (bar exam). If the answer is no, they would raise the question as to whether the exam means anything.

  • Templeton

    Well, my class at Albany Law still has the lowest Bar passage rate in our school‘s history!! Go class of 2003!! No one will ever do worse than we did!!

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