Saturday, January 23, 2016
Falling Standards: ABA-Accredited Law Schools Have Collectively Enrolled a Much Higher Percentage of Students with LSAT Scores Below 150, Since 2010
Welcome to Law School, Moron!: On January 20, 2016, Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry that was labeled “The Great Law School Brain Drain Is The Reason Why More People Are Failing The Bar Exam Than Ever Before.” Look at this opening:
“For the past two years, alarming headlines have followed in the wake of the scoring of the summer administrations of the bar exam. The first drop in nationwide bar exam scores in July 2014 prompted Erica Moeser, president of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, to declare that test takers were “less able” than their predecessors. Law school deans protested Moeser’s harsh categorization of their graduates, but when the stunningly subpar results of the July 2015 bar exam were announced, she was proven correct. Per Moeser, this wasn’t “unexpected” — after all, since the law school crisis began, students with lower qualifications who “may encounter difficulty” on the bar exam were being admitted in droves. Law school administrators were sorely mistaken if they thought that this would result in a happy ending.
Now that the effects of the great law school brain drain are on display for the world to see, it’s time to take a look at exactly what caused this phenomenon to occur. Professor Jerry Organ of the University of St. Thomas School of Law has been tracking LSAT profiles of law school matriculants for years, and the results of his analysis are shocking.
Research has shown that LSAT scores correlate with scores on the bar exam. Take a look at these changes in matriculant LSAT data from 2010 to 2015, and then you’ll see one of the reasons why fewer law school graduates have passed the bar exam in recent years:
[Chart labeled LSAT Matriculant Score Changes 2010-2015]
While the percentage of matriculants with LSAT scores between 150-159 has remained relatively stable, the percentage of matriculants with scores of 160 or greater has slowly declined, and the percentage of matriculants with scores of 150 or lower has continued to increase year after year. If that’s not scary enough for you, check out this line graph:
[Chart labeled LSAT Matriculant Score Changes 2010-2015 Line Graph]
This is what happens when law schools are so desperate for cash that they’ll admit anyone with a pulse.” [Emphasis mine]
The law school pigs CLEARLY do not care about admitting the mental midgets – and strapping those fools down with outrageous sums of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt. They don’t even care about the residual effect this will have on future legal clients or the garbage “profession” itself. Then again, it’s not as if these “educators” practice law for a living. During Orientation, these cockroaches proclaim this as “a noble endeavor.” Yet, it should have raised some red flags – among the enrolled students – that the typical tenured “law professor” spent about 12 minutes in practice.
Organ's Analysis: On January 18, 2016, the Legal Whiteboard featured a piece from Jerry Organ, under the headline “Changes in Composition of the LSAT Profiles of Matriculants and Law Schools Between 2010 and 2015.” Read the portion below:
“In late December 2014, I posted a blog analyzing how the distribution of matriculants across LSAT categories had changed since 2010 based on the LSAC’s National Decision Profiles and on law school 50th percentile LSATs and 25thpercentile LSATs across ranges of LSAT scores. With the LSAC’s recent release of the 2014-15 National Decision Profile and the ABA’s recent release of Standard 509 data, I am posting this blog to provide an update with the 2015 data.
At one level, this is a story that has already become well understood over the last year since my blog posting, with much discussion of the relationship between declining LSAT profiles and declining median MBE scores and bar passage rates. This 2015 information indicates that the decline in the LSAT profiles of matriculants and of law schools has continued, although with some moderation.
Given that the LSAT profiles of matriculants and of law schools for fall 2013, fall 2014 and fall 2015 are less robust than those for fall 2011 and fall 2012 (the classes that graduated in 2014 and 2015, respectively), one can anticipate that the declines in median MBE scaled scores and corresponding bar passage rates in 2014 and 2015 will continue in July 2016, 2017 and 2018 absent increases in attrition (I discussed attrition rates in a blog posting in October), significant improvement in academic support programs at law schools, or improved bar preparation efforts on the part of graduates.” [Emphasis mine]
Scroll down for the following telling sign:
“Note that in terms of the percentage change in the number of matriculants in each LSAT category, the four highest LSAT categories are all down at least 30% since 2010, with 165-169 and 170+ down over 40%, while the two lowest LSAT categories are up, with <145 being up over 60%."
Yes, what a "prestigious" degree, right?!?! hell, beating your neighbor's eight year old kid at chess is a bigger accomplishment than receiving an AccepTTTance LeTTTer from an ABA law school.
Conclusion: In the final analysis, only those on the payroll of ABA-accredited toilets - along with an occasional waterhead lemming who is intent on going to law school at all costs - will continue defending falling admi$$ion$ "standards." If law school truly was professional school, then morons who obtain pathetic LSAT scores would have no shot in hell of gaining admission to any approved JD program. We have reached the point now where a dunce with a 148 exam score will have his pick of several ABA commodes. When that same idiot is weighed down with $170K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt - and is working at PetSmart or Costco for a living - we'll see how proud he is then of his TTT law degree.
Posted by Nando at 9:35 AM