Time to Remedy the Ills Afflicting ABA Council’s Standard 316 Proposal

By: Professor Judith Welch Wegner, Burton Craige Professor of Law, Emerita            Many readers of this blog are well aware of ongoing efforts by the ABA’s Council of the Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar to revise law school accreditation standards in troubling ways.  <https://bestpracticeslegaled.albanylawblogs.org/?s=standard+316&gt;        […]

CLEA, SALT and others urge Council on Legal Education to increase transparency and reject proposed changes to Standard 316 at their Friday 2.22.19 meeting

FROM CLEA website: On February 20, 2019, CLEA submitted two joint advocacy memorandums, with the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) and others, to the Council on the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.  In the first joint memo, CLEA and SALT urge the Council to increase transparency in its processes and engage in meaningful […]

Letters raise concerns about changes to the bar pass accreditation standard

Early next week, the ABA House of Delegates will again vote on whether to approve a revised bar passage accreditation standard [Standard 316]. The Society of American Law Teachers and the ABA Diversity Entities both have written to the ABA House of Delegates setting forth significant concerns about the proposed standard change.  Both letters are […]

Proposed Change to Bar Pass Accreditation Standard

This post alerts readers to a proposed change in the bar pass accreditation standard and questions that change raises.  It also asks whether the proposed accreditation standard change opens the door to a bigger discussion about the need for a licensing exam that better reflects the competencies needed to practice law. Proposed Change A proposed […]

ABA Commission on Future of the Profession & ABA Vote on Bar Passage Proposal

During the midyear meeting of the the American Bar Association  (ABA) held last week in Miami, several issues were considered which relate to legal education.  I will discuss two of those issues here: the creation of the Commission on the Future of Legal Education and the proposed changes to accreditation standards concerning bar passage requirements. […]

A Fresh Look at the Uniform Bar Examination

The bar exam is back in the news. Later this month the ABA House of Delegates will consider a proposal to raise the bar-passage standard. The proposal would require that 75% of an accredited law school’s graduates pass a bar exam within two years of graduation. In most states, bar exam means the National Conference […]

Getting Students Out of Their Own Heads – Moving More Toward Justice Oriented Learning

As the New Year begins and I look back on last semester’s first-year student work, I am struck with how challenging it is to guide students into a shared understanding of law and toward an ability to think critically about and evaluate that understanding. I also find myself actively searching for how to reach students […]