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The results are in from the February 2005 Texas Bar Exam.  The results for the Texas Law Schools are listed below:

1. Texas Tech [Passed 90.63 percent--9.37 percent failed]
2. Baylor [Passed 90.38 percent--9.62 percent failed]
3. UT Law [Passed 87 percent--13 percent failed]
4. SMU [Passed 84 percent--16 percent failed]
5. UH [Passed 81 percent--19 percent failed]
6. Tex. Wes. [Passed 73 percent--27 percent failed]
7 St. Mary's [Passed 72 percent --28 percent failed]
8 South Texas [Passed 70 percent--30 percent failed]
9 Texas Southern [Passed 60 percent--40 percent failed]

Congratulations to Texas Tech for the highest bar passing rate.

Incoming 1Ls / Does LSAT predict Bar Exam performance?
« on: April 16, 2005, 12:36:08 PM »
Is an LSAT score a good predictor of someone's ability to pass the Bar Exam on the first attempt? 

One author has recently argued that the average LSAT scores peaked for first-year students at ABA schools in 1991 at 158.5 (representing the 75th percentile). He then noted that the current mean for all ABA schools was 155 (representing the 64th percentile). He wrote that students with a 155 have a "predictive pass rate" on the bar exam of about 72.5%. Nationally, the bar pass rate has fallen to below 75% (year 2000 data). He then argued that there is a nearly perfect correlation between LSAT score and passing the bar on the first attempt. The correlation he cited was 0.91 to 0.94--a perfect correlation is 1.0. See National Bar Examiner, (vol. 73, no 4 p 11-13).

However, the Law School Admission Council ("LSAC") wrote a Letter to the Editor in response to the author's claims. They said it was not statistically appropriate to only use aggregate data from the law schools (in other words, a law school's mean LSAT) to "predict" how an INDIVIDUAL student of that law school will perform on the bar exam. LSAC had conducted a lengthy study that evaluated data from over 23,000 INDIVIDUAL members of the law school class that entered in 1991. They found that LAW SCHOOL GRADES had the highest correlation with bar passage. (.38 - .41). LSAT score came in second (.30).  In other words, the vast majority of the factors that can predict how an individual will perform on the bar exam are unknown or not captured by these statistics. Law school grades, however, are a stronger predictor of bar exam success than the LSAT score.

Quoting from the LSAC

"LSAC, as sponsor of the LSAT, always walks a fine line between defending the utility of its test against the test's critics, and helping law schools understand that its utility as an admission tool is limited.  Should the mistaken notion that a school's LSAT mean has a direct and nearly perfect relationship with bar passage really take hold, there is a great risk that admissions committees will begin to evaluate individual applicants with that group result in mind.  Such a situation will almost certainly lead to an overreliance on the LSAT score in the admissions process, with one potential result being a decrease in racial and ethnic diversity among law schools." The Bar Examiner, February 2005, p 42. 

Incoming 1Ls / Should Texas allow unaccredited law schools?
« on: March 11, 2005, 07:26:29 PM »
There is a bill in the Texas legislature that would allow graduates of unaccredited law schools to sit for the Texas Bar.  State Rep. Robert Talton, an attorney, authored H.B. 826, which would mandate the Texas Supreme Court to adopt rules allowing attorneys whose law degrees came from study by correspondence to sit for the Texas exam, if the graduates have passed another state's bar exam and they are licensed in another state to practice law. According to Talton's bill, the distance-learning law school graduates could be admitted to Texas law practice if the graduates pass the Texas bar exam.

Incoming 1Ls / common first-year terms
« on: February 26, 2005, 09:18:16 AM »
Here’s a working list of common first-year terms. Please feel free to add…

Appellate Brief
Black’s Law Dictionary
Black Letter Law
Book brief
Call of the question
Case brief
Commercial outline
Dean’s List
Examples & Explanations
Getting called on
Issue spotter
Law Review
Legalines (commercial outlines)
Lexis account
Mock Trial
Moot Court
Phi Delta Phi
Practice exams
Reciting a case
Socratic method
Sum & Substance
Westlaw account

SAN ANTONIO--St. Mary's University School of Law ("StMU-Law"), San Antonio's only ABA accredited law school, is generating renewed excitement among its students and alumni.  The results for the July 2004 Bar show the first-time taker Texas bar passage rates as follows: 1) UT Austin 92.04%  2) Baylor 91.92% 3) SMU 87.84% 4) UH 85.65% 5) Texas Tech 83.95% 6) St. Mary's 79.87% 7) South Texas 69.6% 8 Wesleyan 62.6% 9) Texas Southern 52.43% .

A concerted effort among StMU-LAW's alumni, students and the administration has raised the school bar passage rate to eighty percent, landing right at the demarcation point between schools above the statewide average and those below.  The school's plan to raise its scores is clearly working.  Coming in two years ahead of schedule, this key goal has already been achieved. All indications point to increased scores in the near future.

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