The Relationship Between Law School and the Bar Exam: A Look at Assessment and Student Success

47 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2007  

Lorenzo Alan Trujillo

University of Colorado School of Law

Abstract

Law schools have a moral and ethical obligation to society - and, to an even greater degree, to their students - to adequately prepare the students to succeed as professionals. Ultimate success for law students is measured by the ability to competently practice in the legal profession, which requires passing the bar exam. A recent downward trend in national bar passage rates highlights the need for law schools to address the factors negatively affecting bar passage rates. Based on research conducted at the University of Colorado School of Law, this article discusses methods to reform new attorney licensure and also highlights strategies to improve bar passage. It suggests ways to minimize the effects of the bar exam's negative factors and recommends ways to better prepare law students.

Keywords: bar exam, law schools

Suggested Citation

Trujillo, Lorenzo Alan, The Relationship Between Law School and the Bar Exam: A Look at Assessment and Student Success. University of Colorado Law Review, Vol. 78, p. 69, 2007; University of Colorado Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07-07. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=976059

Lorenzo Alan Trujillo (Contact Author)

University of Colorado School of Law ( email )

401 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

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