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A Skyrocketing Bar Passage Rate

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6 Responses

  1. former hiring partner says:

    I don’t know what happened at Duquesne but IIRC, Bill Henderson wrote an article about schools whose outputs (bar passage) exceeds their inputs (credentials of entering students). Teaching to the test, requiring bar exam courses, testing with the same format as the bar exam, and opting out of AALS are ways to increase bar passage. Also, you can expel students whose first year grades indicate that they aren’t likely to pass the bar.

  2. Sarah Waldeck says:

    Thanks for the cite to the Henderson article, which can be found at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=954604. But I still don’t understand how they managed to have such a large jump in such a short period, unless they expelled large numbers of students.

    Sarah

  3. 97% pass rate? That seems dubious.

  4. Tim Zinnecker says:

    Statistics available at the PA bar exam web site confirm the 97% pass rate for first-time takers of the July 2008 exam. When results for repeat takers are added, the pass rate drops to just over 88% (trailing only Penn and Villanova). See http://www.pabarexam.org/Bar_Examination/Statistics/pdfs/0708stats.pdf

  5. Eddie says:

    The answer is easy, but the process was not. Nearly every single student participated in free bar review courses during their last years in law school, held on Saturday mornings and if memory serves, at least one week night. How do I know this? I graduated from Duquesne in 2006 and passed two bar exams.

    Yes, it is a 4th tier school. However, it is very well respected locally. The reason the students took this issue so seriously was that Duquesne has traditionally had a very high bar passage rate, but graduated a series of classes that performed very poorly. It was the number one issue when I was there, and the students were terrified of failing. Sarah and “A Voice of Sanity” – no conspiracy theories, just hard work

  6. Eddie says:

    The answer is easy, but the process was not. Nearly every single student participated in free bar review courses during their last years in law school, held on Saturday mornings and if memory serves, at least one week night. How do I know this? I graduated from Duquesne in 2006 and passed two bar exams.

    Yes, it is a 4th tier school. However, it is very well respected locally. The reason the students took this issue so seriously was that Duquesne has traditionally had a very high bar passage rate, but graduated a series of classes that performed very poorly. It was the number one issue when I was there, and the students were terrified of failing. Sarah and “A Voice of Sanity” – no conspiracy theories, just hard work

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