Whither Clinical Courses and Bar Exam Passage?

Clinical Legal Education Association Newsletter (Winter 2015)

3 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2019

See all articles by Robert R. Kuehn

Robert R. Kuehn

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

Date Written: December 18, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Kuehn, Robert R., Whither Clinical Courses and Bar Exam Passage? (December 18, 2015). Clinical Legal Education Association Newsletter (Winter 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3303420

Robert R. Kuehn (Contact Author)

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law ( email )

Campus Box 1120
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
United States
314-935-5706 (Phone)
314-935-5356 (Fax)

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