Saturday, September 24, 2016
Not So Shocking News: States Reporting Lower Bar Passage Rates Again, and ABA Will Keep Accrediting Law Schools
Rates Drop Yet Again: On September 21, 2016, the ABA Journal posted a Debra Cassens Weiss article, under the headline “Several states report lower bar pass rates for July exam.” Here is the full text below:
“Bar exam pass rates have fallen in at least seven out of 13 states that have so far reported July results.
A higher average score was cited in August for this year’s Multistate Bar Exam in July. The news signaled a possible end to the decline in bar passage rates. But the most recent figures, reported by Law.com, suggest the optimism may have been unwarranted.
In Iowa, the bar pass rate fell to 71 percent, from 86 percent on last year’s exam. In Indiana, the bar pass rate fell to 61 percent, from 74 percent. In a larger jurisdiction—Florida—the decline was slight, with the passage rate dropping to 68.2 percent, from 68.9 percent last year.
Other jurisdictions reporting a decline in test scores are Washington state, Missouri, North Dakota and Oregon, according to Law.com.
Bar exam pass rates increased slightly in Idaho, Kansas and West Virginia, and remained the same in Oklahoma. North Carolina and Arkansas released bar exam results but did not provide overall passage rates.
Law.com spoke with Pepperdine law professor Derek Muller about the disconnect between the higher MBE scores and the continued decline in bar pass rates in the states reporting the results so far. Muller blogs at Excess of Democracy.
One possibility, Muller says, is that strong students who were destined to pass the bar exam studied even harder, raising the average MBE score but not raising bar pass rates overall. Another possibility, he said, “is that we’re just seeing unlucky jurisdictions and the scores will go way up in California and New York.” [Emphasis mine]
Let’s see how it takes for the law school pigs to cry about how the bar exam is becoming too difficult for graduates. Does anyone want to guess which particular swine leads the charge, i.e. open letter co-signed by other academic thieves?
ABA Cockroaches Can Continue to Accredit Cesspits: On September 23, 2016, the ABA Journal featured a Stephanie Francis Ward piece that was entitled “ABA won’t be suspended from accrediting new law schools.” Check out this opening:
“The U.S. Department of Education will not implement a panel recommendation that called for suspending the ABA from accrediting new law schools for one year.
In a letter sent to Barry Currier, managing director of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Emma Vadehra, the department’s chief of staff, wrote that she was accepting the recommendation of department staff to allow the ABA to continue accrediting new law schools rather than the recommendation for a one-year suspension made by the National Advisory Council on Institutional Quality and Integrity.
The recommendations centered on a question of whether the ABA was in compliance with federal regulations regarding mandates that accrediting agencies monitor and re-evaluate programs, and that they enforce standards. The department staff did not find enough evidence in the record that the ABA was out of compliance with either of those mandates, according to Vadehra’s Sept. 22 letter to Currier.
The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity made its recommendation during a June 22 hearing. Discussion included the need for response to increasing law school costs, high student debt and lack of lawyer jobs. Some panel members expressed concern that no law schools have had ABA accreditation withdrawn over the past five years, and that the organization continues to accredit new law schools.
Out of 10 panel members, six voted in favor of the panel’s recommendation.” [Emphasis mine]
This does not surprise anyone. The gutless, toothless Department of Education does not want to make an example of the decrepit American Bar A$$ociation – even though the cockroaches will accredit anything. Just take a look at this small sampling of rancid toilets: Cooley, TJ$L, WhiTTTTier, Pace, TTTTouro, Arizona $ummit, Florida International, Western New England “University,” John Marshall Law School, University of St. Thomas.
Graduates of these rotting stink piles have NO SHOT IN HELL of landing Biglaw or federal employments, yet they still accrue outrageous sums of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt for their worthless law degrees. Their best potential outcome is to land employment in a toiletlaw firm, representing broke-ass clients in family law or criminal defense matters.
Conclusion: ABA-accredited law schools are collectively admitting dumber applicants into their “legal education” programs. This is well documented, people. They are doing so, because fewer people are interested in law school. However, the bitches and hags still need to get more asses in seats, so that they can get their paws on more federal student loan money. Again, the law school pigs DO NOT GIVE ONE GODDAMN ABOUT YOU, the student or recent graduate. You are a mere means to an end, chump. The schools pump and dump thousands of students each year – without regard to the prevailing job market for lawyers. After all, they get paid up front, in full – while you get the “privilege” of paying dearly for your dumb decision, for the next 20-30 years.