Law Student Success and Supports: Examining Bar Passage and Factors That Contribute to Student Performance

22 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2018 Last revised: 4 Oct 2018

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Amy N. Farley

University of Cincinnati

Christopher M. Swoboda

University of Cincinnati

Joel Chanvisanuruk

University of Cincinnati

Keanen M. McKinley

University of Cincinnati

Alicia Boards

University of Cincinnati

Date Written: May 31, 2018

Abstract

In recent years, law schools have experienced a decline in enrollment and bar passage. Higher education has been challenged to understand this new phenomenon and conduct research that can inform law student success practices and policies. This paper presents findings from research conducted at a large, Midwestern public university that investigated the factors and student characteristics most strongly associated with bar passage. Results suggest that bar passage can be predicted by a wide battery of variables. Despite some literature that suggests otherwise, however, LSAT and undergraduate GPA are weakly predictive, while information from the first year of law school – even the performance in just one first semester course – explains significantly more variation in bar passage. These preliminary results provide important first insights into bar passage.

Keywords: Graduate and Professional Education, Student Success, Bar Passage, Assessment

JEL Classification: I23, I24

Suggested Citation

Farley, Amy and Swoboda, Christopher and Chanvisanuruk, Joel and McKinley, Keanen and Boards, Alicia, Law Student Success and Supports: Examining Bar Passage and Factors That Contribute to Student Performance (May 31, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3237546 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3237546

Amy Farley (Contact Author)

University of Cincinnati ( email )

Cincinnati, OH 45221-0389
United States

Christopher Swoboda

University of Cincinnati ( email )

Cincinnati, OH 45221-0389
United States

Joel Chanvisanuruk

University of Cincinnati ( email )

Cincinnati, OH 45221-0389
United States

Keanen McKinley

University of Cincinnati ( email )

Cincinnati, OH 45221-0389
United States

Alicia Boards

University of Cincinnati ( email )

Cincinnati, OH 45221-0389
United States

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