Old post, but interesting insight about attrition. It does seem as though very few schools fail students out and there were definitely a few people at my school that did not seem capable of feeding a cat yet alone passing the bar and none of them did.
I do think education in all facets is becoming to lax everyone is supposed to get a participation ribbion and told how special they are, which I imagine is what is leading to the high rates of unemployment among grads in all forms of education rather than the educational quality or even economy.
The legal profession is tough and many schools I visited seem to coddle law students opposed to prepare them for the realities of legal practice and I think it is institutional laziness and wanting to avoid conflict with students that is leading to a lot of problems in the profession.
I would before requiring all students to pass the First Year Bar Exam as non ABA California law schools are required to do. Better to find out you don't have what it takes one year in opposed to three years in.