This editorial "Law school up to Bar?" asserts that " Student success on the bar exam is a major indication of the quality of a legal education".
It perpetuate the myth that passing the bar is about the quality of school attended. Wrong. All legal education is essentially the same quality - one or two exams a semester; No instruction on how to pass the exam; professors who essentially all graduated from a first or second tier school; the same casebooks, etc. The quality of education does not explain the difference.
Existing test taking ability. Students in top tier schools have demonstrated test- taking skills and the failure of legal education does not affect their performance. Most students who are third or fourth tier schools, have lower LSAT performance - that is demonstrate problems with standardized test-taking. Unfortunately, law schools do very little to change the students test taking ability.
Test-taking ability can be changed. I know this because I trained students for 20 years who had lower than average LSAT (poor test-taking skills) who out perform their LSAT both in their performance in law school and their performance on the bar exam.
Make no mistake test-taking ability is a learned skilled that can be changed. But the path to changing is NOT through taking a traditional LSAT course or Bar passage course (although that is helpful). We will write about this in another posting