Why the ABA Law Student Division council opposed changes to the bar exam passage standard

Law Student Division Chair Negeen Sadeghi-Movahed spoke in opposition to Resolution 105 to the House of Delegates at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas on Jan. 28. Resolution 105 asked for approval of changes to Standard 316 by the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. The changes would have required “at least 75 percent of a law school’s graduates in a calendar year who sit for the bar examination must have passed a bar examination within two years of their date of graduation” instead of the current time of five years. The resolution was rejected in the House of Delegates by a vote of 334-88. The Law Student Division Council voted not to support the resolution citing several main points: 1. The Council was concerned that the proposed change could adversely impact minority students through the overreliance on traditional predictors like the LSAT for admission into law school, thereby making our law schools and the legal…

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