Whither Clinical Courses and Bar Exam Passage?
Clinical Legal Education Association Newsletter (Winter 2015)
3 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2019
Date Written: December 18, 2015
Bar examination passage rates have declined for a number of years. In response to the decline, some blame enrollment in too many electives (in particular, experiential courses) and too few bar subject courses by recent law school graduates. This short essay reviews published studies and finds no available evidence that law students who take more experiential or clinical courses do worse on the bar exam, and only a limited, weak positive correlation between bar courses and exam success.
Keywords: legal education, law school, clinical legal education, experiential education, bar exam
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