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.”