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ABA releases second report on bar pass data by race, ethnicity, and gender

The Managing Director’s Office of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar released bar pass data for ABA-approved law schools that lists pass rates based on race, ethnicity, and gender.

The charts include aggregate data in nine different ethnicity categories for 2021 and 2022 broken down by gender. The report uses data reported to the ABA by 196 law schools accepting new students in their ABA Standard 509 questionnaire in the past two years.

“This is the second consecutive year that the section is releasing this data in response to concerns about the lack of national data on bar passage by members of different racial and ethnic groups,” Bill Adams, ABA managing director of accreditation and legal education, said in a press release. “We promised to collect and publish such aggregate data and consider whether the requirements of Standard 316 needed to be reviewed in light of what we collected. We will continue to evaluate the annual data and consider any changes as appropriate.”

Since 2019, when revisions were made to the Standard 316 bar passage rule, ABA-approved law schools must have 75% of their law students pass their bar exams within two years of graduation. Failure to do so results in schools being found out of compliance. The ABA’s legal education section maintains percentage pass rates for first-time takes and the two-year aggregate figure, which is known as the “ultimate” pass rate.

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Original author: Eric Quitugua
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