Seriously, USD Law?
Posted by demkid on January 14, 2011
I just was alerted to the fact that the full passage rate statistics for the July 2010 California Bar Exam are now online. As much as I enjoy bragging about my school, the Class of 2010 left much to be desired. Out of 259 first-time takers of the exam from USD Law, only 169 passed. That’s an overall pass rate of 65%, and this ranks 15th out of the 20 California ABA-approved law schools, behind world-class institutions like Cal Western and Chapman University. It also marks a 13% drop from the Class of 2009’s performance on the exam a year earlier.
So, USD Law, what happened? I can remember arriving at the school when the Bar passage rate was a major selling point. Now it’s something that’s embarrassing to talk about. Was this year just an anomaly (I’d like to give the Class of 2010 more credit), or does this speak to a larger problem with how the School of Law is preparing its students for the Bar Exam? Perhaps USD Law has just put too much effort into the development of its Career Services Department, to the detriment of Bar prep in the classroom. Sorry, I crack myself up sometimes…if only that was the case!