Empiricist Needed

The current misguided efforts by the Department of Education to pressure the ABA to create accreditation standards that more firmly establish bar exam pass rates as the measure of the quality of a law school (by changing Standard 301-6) inspire me to suggest a study.  Let’s take a sample set of people who scored very well on the LSAT, say the entering class of Yale (or your favorite elite law school), give them bar review materials and a week to cram, and then administer the multistate bar exam.  I’m guessing that many, if not most would pass, without the inconvenience of law school…  Perhaps this is the next logical step, moving from licensing lawyers who have never met a client to licensing lawyers who have never met a law professor…  Or maybe I should have saved this idea for a Worst Practices blog…..

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