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Merritt urges bar exam changes in New York Times op-ed

September 24, 2015 | Faculty

Professor Deborah Jones Merritt, the John Deaver Drinko-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law, wrote an opinion editorial in The New York Times urging the National Conference Bar Examiners (NCBE) to make changes to the bar exam.  While the passage rates for Moritz graduates held steady at over 90 percent on the July 2014 exam, nationally the passage rate was significantly down. In her op-ed, Merritt lays out three reasons for the decline and calls on the American Bar Association and NCBE to create a commission to overhaul the exam. She also calls out law schools accepting students with LSAT scores that are indicative of a low chance of passing the bar.

Read the full op-ed here.