The ABA 2019 Bar Pass Spreadsheet Part II: Ultimate Bar Pass and the New Standard 316

This is the second part of my series discussing the 2019 ABA Bar Data Consumer Info Spreadsheet (the “Spreadsheet”).  My first article looked at the 2018 first-time bar passage data. This post looks at the 2016 Ultimate Bar Pass (UBP) Rate within two years of graduation for 2016 graduates, most of whom started law school in 2013.  This post is especially timely given an important change to the ABA accreditation standards that occurred today. For almost three years, the ABA has been considering changing Standard 316 to require that all law schools have a UBP of 75% within two years of graduation.  The ABA started publishing UBP data last year in part to allow people to evaluate whether such a standard was a meaningful, fair and reasonably achievable standard.   Earlier today, the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar finally adopted this revision, effective immediately. This means that starting in 2020, schools will be…

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