Raising the Bar, a newsletter covering evidence-based research and programmatic interventions regarding the bar exam, seeks to break silos and bridge communication and information gaps, with the goal of devising ways to better prepare students to successfully transition to the profession.
In this month’s issue, we are deeply grateful to:
- Judith A. Gundersen, President and CEO of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, for writing the Distinguished Thinker Commentary;
- The ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Education for contributing an update regarding their work on building “the legal education of the future” by articulating how best to align the education and licensing of legal professionals with accelerating technology advances and the ever-changing practice of law;
- Christina S. Chong, Lecturer & Associate Director of Academic Skills at the University of California Irvine School of Law, for offering her perspective on implicit bias in testing; and,
- Rodney Fong, Associate Dean for Academic Achievement, Institutional Assessment, and Bar Preparation and Clinical Professor of Law at the John Marshall Law School, for contributing a profile of John Marshall’s Academic Achievement Program.
Bar passage statistics are much more than numbers; they represent the hopes, dreams, finances, and futures of real people: our graduates. No matter how great the institutional concerns, the personal stakes are in many respects far greater. Equipping students with the competency to practice law - and indeed the entire professional licensing process - must be managed in ways that are fair, equitable, logical, and relevant.
These goals will only be achieved if we all come to the table to problem solve together—and when we disagree, which as wise people we will, we discuss and resolve our differences respectfully. The goal of Raising the Bar is to be a place to do just that.
We welcome contributions from readers to continue this community-wide conversation in future issues. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with news of your publications, program profiles, student scholarships and other information that is vital to all involved in legal education and licensure.