Blinded by Science? A Reexamination of the Bar Ninja and Silver Bullet Bar Program Cryptids
Journal of Law & Education, 2020
43 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2020
Date Written: August 28, 2020
Claims being made by Florida International University (FIU) Law School’s academic support program that the school’s radically improved bar exam passage rates are due solely to the implementation of a “Scientific Academic Support Program” are gaining ground. Such assertions however fail to account for several confounding variables that could have contributed to the improved scores. A detailed review of the oft-overlooked but publicly available data provided by FIU in its annual ABA Standard Information Reports reveals two such variables: (1) significantly higher than average 1L attrition rates and (2) extensive incoming high GPA 2L transfer rates accounting for a substantial percentage of the class cohort. FIU’s geographic proximity to more expensive private law schools in combination with the State of Florida’s mere 1-year residency requirement for in-state tuition make transferring to FIU as a 2L uniquely appealing.
Keywords: Attrition, LSAT, Bar Passage
JEL Classification: K
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