Determinants of Success on the Bar Exam: One Law School's Experience 2010-2023

AALS Journal of Legal Education (forthcoming 2024)

44 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2024

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Morris Ratner

UC Law, San Francisco

Stephen Goggin

San Diego State University

Stefano Moscato

UC Law, San Francisco

Margaret Greer

UC Law, San Francisco

Elizabeth McGriff

UC Law, San Francisco

Date Written: March 18, 2024

Abstract

From 2010-2013, the UC Law SF first-time bar pass rate floated with the average first-time pass rate of graduates of ABA-accredited law schools in California. But suddenly, in the space of three years (2014-2016), the law school’s bar pass rate dropped to a much greater degree than changes in student metrics or statewide variations in pass rates could explain, to a historical low on the July 2016 administration of the California Bar Exam of just 51%. In response, the law school thoroughly revamped its approach to teaching academic and bar success skills. Within three years, the UC Law SF bar pass rate increased by about 30%. This Article uses statistical analysis to assess which of the law school’s academic reforms adopted after 2016 contributed to the law school’s bar pass turnaround.

Keywords: Bar Exam, Legal Education, Academic Skills, Assessment, Education Policy, Academic Program Design

Suggested Citation

Ratner, Morris A. and Goggin, Stephen and Moscato, Stefano and Greer, Margaret and McGriff, Elizabeth, Determinants of Success on the Bar Exam: One Law School's Experience 2010-2023 (March 18, 2024). AALS Journal of Legal Education (forthcoming 2024), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4776407

Morris A. Ratner (Contact Author)

UC Law, San Francisco ( email )

200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

Stephen Goggin

San Diego State University ( email )

San Diego, CA 92182-0763
United States

Stefano Moscato

UC Law, San Francisco ( email )

200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

Margaret Greer

UC Law, San Francisco

Elizabeth McGriff

UC Law, San Francisco ( email )

200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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