Leveraging Noncognitive Skills to Foster Bar Exam Success: An Analysis of the Efficacy of the Bar Passage Program at FIU Law

68 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2020 Last revised: 19 Feb 2020

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Raul Ruiz

Florida International University College of Law

Date Written: February 11, 2020

Abstract

With falling bar exam passage rates, many law schools have implemented bar exam preparation programs but are still struggling to improve bar exam passage rates. The increase in law school matriculants with LSAT scores below 150 had a statistically significant negative correlation with national mean MBE scores, and with the new ABA standard 316 mandating a 75% bar passage rate, law schools are facing mounting pressure to ensure that their graduates are ready and able to pass their bar examination expeditiously or risk losing ABA accreditation.

Law schools have been frustrated by the lack of results with their internal bar exam preparation programs. They often struggle to identify why their students continue to fail the bar exam. Not much has been written about the theory, design, implementation, and evaluation of an effective law school bar exam preparation program. This paper will discuss each of those areas with the goal of helping law schools achieve an important milestone: increasing bar passage rates for their students and maintaining ABA accreditation.

This paper will discuss what has caused a decrease in bar exam scores nationwide and how the bar preparation program at the FIU College of Law has counteracted declining pass rates. The focus of the bar prep program at FIU will be discussed in detail, so other law schools may utilize those same concepts.

Keywords: noncognitive skills, metacognition, science of learning, learning psychology, educational psychology, bar exam preparation, bar prep, bar passage rates, bar exam passage, bar prep program, bar exam

Suggested Citation

Ruiz, Raul, Leveraging Noncognitive Skills to Foster Bar Exam Success: An Analysis of the Efficacy of the Bar Passage Program at FIU Law (February 11, 2020). Florida International University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 20-03, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3524423 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3524423

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