Pathetic Antics: On September 28, 2016, Univer$iTTTTTy of Ma$$achu$eTTTTT$ Sewer of Law “professor” Ralph D. Clifford bitched about declining bar passage rates, in a Faculty Lounge entry labeled “Wait a Minute! Let’s Think About the Mathematics of Bar Passage.” Take a look at this drivel:
“Florida had a 68.2% success rate on the bar last July. See Florida Results. (The success rate for practitioners is just slightly better at 68.9%). All of the non-practitioners—and probably most of the practitioners, too—are graduates from ABA schools.
It is not possible for all ABA schools to achieve an 85% (or even 75%) pass rate in Florida. Despite what is said on A Prairie Home Companion, all of our children cannot be above average. The reality is that if one ABA school gets a passage rate that is above the state average, another one will be below it.
Further, the passage rate trend on the Florida bar raises an important question. As the table and chart of July pass rates below indicates, the pass rate on the Florida bar has been declining fairly dramatically over the last eight years:
Year Overall Practitioners
2009 80.0 —
2010 79.2 —
2011 80.1 —
2012 80.2 —
2013 77.2 —
2014 71.8 —
2015 68.9 69.6
2016 68.2 68.9” [Emphasis mine]
Cockroach Ralph Clifford has eight years of significantly declining bar passage rates, for the State of Florida, but only two years of data on practitioners taking the exam. Great comparison, jackass. The $elf-$erving bastard then reaches the following conclusion:
“This declining passage rate can have two sources. One contributing factor, as much of the discussion about bar passage rates have assumed to be the sole factor, is that the quality of the people taking the bar exam has declined. The other possible factor that the discussion has ignored is that the bar exam itself has become more difficult.
There is some support for this second factor being important in the percentage of practitioners who pass. There is not a significant difference between that rate and the overall rate. All of the practitioners presumably graduated from law school at least a decade ago and before the current shrinkage of the law student applicant pool occurred. If the current admission practices of law schools is causing the bar passage decline, how do we explain that practitioners are doing no better?” [Emphasis mine]
Ralph, when you have a moment, can you pull your head out of your ass? Perhaps, many of the practitioners taking the Florida bar exam were initially licensed decades ago, and have forgotten a fair amount of the material on the test, genius. Furthermore, that sample size may be pretty damn small, in contrast to the first time takers. Did that ever cross your academic thief mind?
Other Coverage: On September 28, 2016 at 4:21 pm, solid JDU contributor “ichininosan” started a thread that was entitled “Blaming the Bar Exam for Low Pass Rates.” Check out the following exchange:
“flharfh (Sep 28, 2016 – 7:12 pm)
So the law professor’s argument is essentially “minority students tend to be too stupid to pass the bar exam. We need more minority lawyers because diversity, therefore bar exam standards should be lowered.” Do I have it right?
adamb (Sep 28, 2016 – 8:39 pm)
Yes – that is the logic, which is not even sound for an lsat logical reasoning statement.”
Of course, the law school pigs want state bar examiners to make the test easier so that more of their foolish graduates can pass – regardless of color or race. For $ome rea$on, the “legal scholars” at the Faculty Lounge “forgot” to mention that MBE scores improved slightly in 2016. According to Derek Muller at Excess of Democracy:
“My initial theory–unsupported by any evidence!–would be that the best students were sufficiently worried about the bar exam and studied more than ever. That would mean that the scores of people already inclined to pass the bar exam improved–and that wouldn’t have any impact on the pass rates. It would shift up the mean score of the MBE without affecting the overall pass rates. And, if the quality of students law schools have been graduating has continued to decline, then we might expect to see overall pass rates decline.” [Emphasis mine]
Conclusion: If large portions of graduating classes cannot pass the bar – even though you swine are admitting and enrolling more waterheads – then what are you doing with these students for three years?!?! Then again, you are not miracle workers. You are simply proving true the adage: Garbage in, garbage out. Expect to see more ABA-accredited trash pits offer extensive test preparation, including entire courses devoted to reviewing the latest state bar exam. After all, who wouldn’t want to spend $135K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for a three year review of bar materials?!?!