January 2, 2019

Raising the Bar Vol. 2 - Issue 1

Academic and Bar Success
The Raising the Bar newsletter is dedicated to the exchange of evidence-based ideas about the bar exam, was launched in October 2018 and features distinguished commentaries, recent bar-related publications, information about research grant opportunities for scholars and bar scholarships for students, upcoming conferences with bar-related sessions, Academic Success Program (ASP) and organization program profiles. Please send information for possible inclusion in upcoming issues of Raising the Bar to success@accesslex.org.

Happy New Year and welcome to the January 2019 issue of Raising the Bar, a newsletter dedicated to the exchange of evidence-based ideas about the bar exam. As we conceived and sought content for the inaugural issue, I reached out to great leaders and thinkers in legal education, law practice, and the licensing community. I was overwhelmed, in a wonderful way, by the response and obvious desire of many to participate in a spirited, robust, and respectful discussion about an often difficult topic.

In this issue, we are deeply grateful to Judith A. Gundersen, President and CEO of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, for contributing the Distinguished Commentary column, and for sharing critical information along with her thoughtful and important perspectives. This issue also features an update from the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Education, a profile of the academic excellence program at the John Marshall School of Law, reflections on cultural bias and the bar exam by UC Irvine Associate Director of Academic Skills Christina Chong, and much more.