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Deborah Merritt

Amid more Bar Exam delays, push for diploma privilege grows

With concerns resulting from COVID-19 continuing to swirl, the 2020 bar exam is one of the many question marks in the law academic community. New York became the first state in the country to delay the exam, and more states […]

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Professor Deborah Jones Merritt among scholars advocating for bar exam modifications due to COVID-19 concerns

Due to the concerns surrounding COVID-19, a group of legal scholars are now advocating for modifications to the bar exam schedules in 2020. Among them is Moritz professor Deborah Jones Merritt, who was recently named an Ohio State University Distinguished […]

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Professor Deborah Jones Merritt working on bar exam study funded by IAALS

Professor Deborah Jones Merritt has accumulated just about every teaching award The Ohio State University can offer. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is also working on an important study concerning the bar exam. Interviewed by the ABA Journal […]

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Jobs for Class of ’18 overall see ‘modest increase’ but with fewer graduates than last year

“That’s more reasonable than it was five years ago, but it’s not establishing law school as a winning proposition,” Merritt said.

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Raising the bar: Law schools may face tougher sanctions if too many graduates fail bar exam

“If you are offering people a program that is designed to lead to admission to the bar, then there should be a reasonable expectation of achieving the goal,” Merritt said. 

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Merritt’s research on gender disparities in the law school pipeline featured in The New York Times

Women are more concentrated at less prestigious law schools than their male counterparts, according to new research by Professor Deborah Merritt.

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

Professor Deborah Jones Merritt wrote an op-ed in The New York Times calling for changes to the bar exam. While the passage rates for Moritz graduates held steady at over 90 percent, nationally passage rates are down significantly. Merritt lays out three reasons for the decline.

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ABA Journal names professor’s blog in ‘best of’ list

Professor Deborah Jones Merritt’s Law School Café blog has been named to the ABA Journal’s seventh annual “Blawg 100,” a listing of the 100 best blogs for a legal audience. On the blog Merritt discusses ideas for improving legal education. The ABA Journal calls Merritt’s new blog a “hub” and a resource for “facts to back up your opinions.”

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Professor tapped to lead presidential advisory committee

Professor Deborah Jones Merritt has been asked to lead an advisory subcommittee in the search for the next president of The Ohio State University.

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Merritt, Smith Elected Outstanding Faculty/Staff by Class of 2011

For the second year in a row, Professor Deborah Jones Merritt has been elected the Morgan E. Shipman Outstanding Professor by the graduating class.

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Moritz Alumni, Professor Honored by CBA

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law alumni and a Moritz professor did quite well at the 2010 Columbus Bar Association Awards of Excellence banquet last month.

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Prof. Merritt named Morgan E. Shipman Outstanding Professor

The 2009-10 school year will likely be a memorable one for Deborah Jones Merritt, the John Deaver Drinko-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law. In October, Professor Merritt stood before the U.S. Supreme Court admirably arguing her first case to the […]

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