Just five of 21 California law schools accredited by the American Bar Association had at least 75 percent of their graduates pass the July bar exam...Now, you might think to yourself, "well that fucking sucks," much like the guy who steps onto a used car lot, kicks a tire, and watches the engine explode. But just as the scorching fireball of rust and sleaze brings one the million-dollar gravy train of a big-money negligence lawsuit, these bar passage rates actually signify a good thing.
The overall pass rate for this year’s summer exam was 43 percent, the lowest figure for a July sitting in 32 years....
[N]ine ...schools had pass rates below 57 percent. At some campuses, less than one-third of exam-takers passed the bar.
These schools are fighting against the most hostile, stringent bar examination climate ever, one that actively seeks to keep people from practicing law and reinforcing the justice monopoly. This ain't 1975 anymore. Adjusting our current bar exam passage numbers to 1970s levels, the pass rate would be around 93%. I don't have a source for this number I pulled from ass, but it's just common sense, you know?
Don't believe me? Let's ask an expert!
Kevin Johnson, dean of UC-Davis School of Law, said he doesn’t think [that less capable students are enrolling in law school].Proof beyond a reasonable doubt, friends. The bar examination simply isn't fair to the schools that keep relatively failing it.
The first-time pass rate for UC-Davis School of Law dipped to 72 percent in July, down from 74 percent in 2015 and 86 percent in 2014. At the same time, incoming students’ Law School Admission Test scores and undergraduate grade-point averages have remained constant, Johnson said.
“That fact makes one wonder what has triggered the decline and whether the grading of the California bar exam is becoming stricter,” Johnson wrote in an emailed statement.
Sometimes, when a car engine spontaneously explodes, it's just not a defect with the car, but rather someone kicking the car too damn hard.