And while I agree no one is going to be able to pass the bar without taking a good bar prep course, there are very real things schools can do to raise their bar passage rates significantly. One school was able to go from a sub 70% bar passage rate to an over 90% bar passage rate in the span of 10 years. There are actually schools that have done this successfully and it wasn't only due to flunking out a chunk of those in the bottom of the 1L class or tightening up admissions standards. Some schools have actually changed their approach to teaching and the way exams are given in order to increase bar passage rates.BUT one of the reasons some schools have such low bar passage rates is that a good chunk of their students cannot afford to take a good bar prep course. Or if they can afford a course, they cannot put in the required study time while working 40+ hours a week in order to pay bills and living expenses. Don't get me wrong, there are some students who can pass first try if they do bar exam study while working full time. I'm convinced that most students do not fall into this category, however.
The only standardized part of the exam is the one day of the MBE (multiple choice) which is given in all but 1-2 states I think.
Quote from: Matthies on July 21, 2009, 11:22:16 AMThe only standardized part of the exam is the one day of the MBE (multiple choice) which is given in all but 1-2 states I think. I'm planning on taking multiple bar exams as soon as possible after graduation. Does anyone know if I would have to take multiple MBE's, or do I just take that once and tell the rest of the states that I've already done it?BTW, Washington state's bar exam has one question on tribal law (I assume something to do with how the state's compacts with the various tribes work), and there is a type of plea here called the Alford plea which will get you an extra half-point or point if mentioned in the right place.