Sessions Information

  • January 3, 2020
    1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
    Session Type: Section Programs
    Session Capacity: N/A
    Hotel: Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
    Room: Hoover
    Floor: Mezzanine Level
    As a community, we are aware that bar passage rates are falling in some jurisdictions, and the ABA recently passed a change to Standard 316 on Bar Passage, which would require schools to achieve 75% bar pass rate within two years of graduation. This has the potential to severely impact law schools that prioritize a mission of diversifying the legal field by preparing lawyers from underrepresented groups. Moreover, in the profession itself, access to legal education and the profession, is a pillar of democracy. This program will focus on how to better support students who are at risk of not passing the bar exam. Specifically, we will have discussions on the case for a uniform cut score; normalizing struggle; gender gap; and stereotype threat and overconfidence.
    Section Award presentation at 3 pm. 
    Business meeting at program conclusion. 
Session Speakers
Texas Tech University School of Law

Washburn University School of Law

University of Kentucky, J. David Rosenberg College of Law

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law

University of California College of the Law, San Francisco
AALS Section Annual Award Winner

Session Fees
  • [4370] Academic Support - Access to the Legal Profession as a Pillar of Democracy: Bar Exam Scores and the Future of Diversity: $0.00