The AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence proudly welcomes readers to Raising the Bar: a publication dedicated to the exchange of evidence-based thinking about the bar exam.
Raising the Bar 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. Raising the Bar will link leaders and thinkers from various corners of the academy and the profession and will include features such as commentaries from distinguished guests, information about bar-related research, publications, conferences, grant opportunities for scholars, and bar scholarships for students, as well as highlights from law school bar success programs.
We are deeply grateful to Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of Berkeley Law and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, for contributing his thoughtful commentary in this inaugural issue. We also extend profound thanks for contributions to this issue to the National Conference of Bar Examiners which provided an important update regarding their Testing Task Force; Denver Attorney and veteran bar review lecturer John Moye who offered thought-provoking advice to law faculty, students, and the practicing bar about exam preparation; and Dean Michael Barry and Professor Zoe Niesel who profiled the Law Success Program at St. Mary’s University School of Law. We welcome contributions from readers to continue this community-wide conversation in future issues.
To uphold the values of a society governed by laws, the nation’s law schools must continue to attract and graduate bright, motivated, principled law students from all backgrounds. Students need training rooted in evidence-based practices that will prepare them for productive lives after law school. Competency to practice law, indeed the entire professional licensing process, must be managed in ways that are fair, equitable 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.