Friday, September 30, 2005

let's go to the bar

So did you see that 80 percent of first-time takers from this school passed the bar exam? That’s a good percentage, right?

But we seem to be getting mixed messages. The dean sent out an e-mail in which he:

a. congratulated last year’s class for scoring above all the other law schools in Florida
b. said unfortunately only 80 percent of first-time takers passed
c. reminded everyone graduating this year that he “expects that the Class of 2006 will achieve beyond the results of 2005 and 2004.”

So our school had the highest passage rate in the state. That seems good. But not everyone passed. That’s not good. All in all though I would think 80 percent is acceptable especially when compared with those other schools where only 50-60 percent of graduates pass. That’s awful. Of course I wouldn’t be saying that if I was one of the 20 percent who failed.

Professor Business Associations apparently has identified why we are getting these confusing signals: He said it’s this dean’s job to get upset about bar passage rates. Said the professor: “If 100 percent of people passed [this dean] would get upset that it wasn’t 110 percent.”


At 3:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That dean is a super nice guy. When the students take the bar exam, he's right there in Tampa with them. (I guess for moral support?)

At 3:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why the decline in passage rate from 2004 to 2005? 84% to 80%. Harder test? Gulp! Seems like the decline is a reason to be upset. And, further, what is the function of law school? Should it be a 3 year bar prep course? I don't think Yale and Harvard students spend all 3 years worried about the bar, so why the higher rates? I'm flumoxed.

At 12:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you post the text of the e-mail from the dean on your blog? As an alum I would like to hear what the Dean wrote.

At 1:08 PM, Blogger some guy said...

Dear Students,

I am attaching a summary of the FL Bar Exam Results from July 2005. Congratulations to the UM Law Class of 2005 who achieved well above the State average for first-time test-takers, with the highest number of passing from all the law schools in the State of Florida.

Unfortunately, 2 of 10 first-time test-takers from UM Law did not pass the Bar Exam. This test requires an individual effort. Students graduating in 2005-2006 should be thinking about their success in this important endeavor. There are no shortcuts to arduous and consistent individual preparation.

I expect that the Class of 2006 will achieve beyond the results of 2005 and 2004. Let me know if you have questions.

At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ixnay on the Asonjay stuff... this is anonymous, man.

At 5:23 PM, Blogger SC1L said...

Definitely outed. I'll keep the site relatively the same, but there were a few posts in the past that I'd rather keep anonymous. Thanks for the comment, and I hope your 2nd year is going well.


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