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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Predictors of Bar Passage

My colleague Nicholas L. Georgakopoulos has a new study out showing that law school GPA has a very strong relation to bar passage, the LSAT a weaker one, and college GPA has none.  Here is the paper.

Posted by Margaret Ryznar on September 15, 2013 at 03:09 PM | Permalink


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Yes, I share your interest in seeing more data--maybe other schools will follow suit and make them public.

Posted by: Margaret Ryznar | Sep 16, 2013 10:03:30 PM

I have to say I found the headlines about the article misleading, I think I would have had far less interest if it read, "Indiana Law Prof studies two years of bar passage of students from one Indiana Law school." It might be a worthwhile study but surely the scope is noteworthy and I can think of a number of reasons why this might not be a generalizable finding. I have always assumed all schools had this kind of data, though presumably for more than two years, and thus not sure why it is worth publishing or treated as novel. It is short, and that is good, and the subject matter is certainly worth exploring but this seemed quite limited.

Posted by: MS | Sep 16, 2013 4:04:09 PM

Good questions; I am happy to relay them to Nicholas.

Posted by: Margaret Ryznar | Sep 16, 2013 2:32:58 AM

Interesting stuff. I would love to see a future study that can tell us about any differences among the types of upper-level courses taken. Are bar-tested classes better than niche specialty classes for bar passage? What about clinical and other experiential/skills classes?

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Sep 16, 2013 1:46:46 AM

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