ABA Revises Bar Passage Standards

July 9, 2019 - 1 minute read

As reported by Gregory Yang at Tipping the Scales, the American Bar Association (ABA) passed a new standard requiring “75% of a law school’s graduates who sit for the bar to pass within two years.” This new change revises a previous standard that required graduates to pass within 5 years.

This new change is intended to incentivize law schools to improve their quality of teaching by putting their accreditation at risk. This raises the question: how will law schools adapt to this new requirement?

Andrew Strauss, Dean of the University of Dayton School of Law, says that passage rates are a serious issue that can be improved upon. He cites strategies that include more widespread student dismissals, personalized meetings with struggling students, and free housing for students who are studying for the bar exam.

Other law schools are considering raising admission standards, assigning students to “accountability coaches,” and implementing other new curriculum features. For schools that are implementing bar prep throughout their curriculum, Esqyr offers affordable study tools, providing real, previously tested bar exam materials — learn more here.