Friday, April 14, 2017
February 2017 MBE Scores Reach All-Time Low as Law Schools Keep Admitting and Enrolling Morons
MBE Results in the Toilet: On April 7, 2017, Derek Muller of Pepperdine Univer$iTTTy Sewer of Law authored an Excess of Democracy blog entry that was entitled “February 2017 MBE bar scores collapse to all-time record low in test history.” Here is the full text of that piece:
“On the heels of the February 2016 multistate bar exam (MBE) scores reaching a 33-year low, including a sharp drop in recent years, and a small improvement in the July 2016 test while scores remained near all-time lows, we now have the February 2017 statistics, courtesy of Pennsylvania. After a drop from 136.2 to 135 last year, scores dropped another full point to 134. It likely portends a drop in overall pass rates in most jurisdictions.
This is the lowest February score in the history of aggregated MBE results. (The test was first introduced in 1972 but, as far as I know, national aggregate statistics begin in 1976, as data demonstrates.) The previous record low was 134.3 in 1980.
It's worth noting that the February 2017 test had a small change in its administration: rather than 190 question that were scaled into the score and 10 experimental questions, the split in this exam was 175/25. It's unlikely this caused much of a change, but it's worth noting as a factor to think about. And it'snot because the MBE was "harder" than usual. Instead, it primarily reflects continued fall-out from law schools accepting more students of lower ability, then graduating those students who go on to take the bar exam. Given the relatively small cohort that takes the February test, it's anyone's guess what this will portends for the July 2017 test.” [Emphasis mine]
If you are still considering law school, then you may need to undergo some intelligence testing. While it is about as easy to pass the written portion of a Driver’s License exam as it is to get into several dozen ABA law schools, that does not mean that pissing away three years of your life is a good idea.
Do you believe that taking on an additional $150K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt – for an outside chance to represent broke bastards in landlord-tenant cases and custody hearings – equates to good job prospects? Also, even if you attend an ABA toilet and pass the bar exam, you will still be financially wrecked. Good luck collecting legal fees from your trailer park clientele. Does that sound good to you, Dumbass?!
Other Coverage: On April 10, 2017, Staci Zaretsky wrote an ATL post entitled “MBE Results For February Bar Exam Reach Historic, All-Time Low.” Read this opening paragraph:
“Just when we thought that bar exam performance couldn’t get any worse, lo and behold, the national mean MBE scaled score from the February 2017 has reared its ugly head. Last year, the national mean MBE scaled score from the February bar exam was 135, a 33-year low. This year, that same score is 134, which is the lowest in the history of aggregated MBE results. Exam statistics were first aggregated in 1976. The previous record low for this score was a 134.3, in 1980.” [Emphasis mine]
Let that sink in for a moment. Did anyone expect bar exam scores to improve, based on the fact that more ABA-accredited cesspools have lowered their admi$$ion “standards”?! Hell, dozens of trash pits will accept idiots with 145 LSAT scores.
Later on, the article continued:
“Professor [Derek] Muller has more information on the decline in MBE scores:
In February 2011, just 39.6% of all test-takers had a score of 135.4 or lower. 13.7% had a score in the range of 135.5 to 140.4, and 46.6% had a score of 140.5 or higher. …In February 2016, however, 51.1% of all test-takers had a score of 135.4 or lower, a 11.5-point jump. 13.7% had a score in the range of 135.5 to 140.4, and just 35.1% had a score of 140.5 or higher.
This is the result of law schools continuing to accept students with poor entering qualifications. Things will only get worse until this cycle ends. Law school graduates unable to pass the bar exam to become lawyers will be stuck with upwards of six figures of loan debt, so that law schools are able to rejoice that they’ve been able to keep the lights on for one more year. If law school administrators are trying to run the legal profession into the ground, then this is a surefire way to do so.” [Emphasis mine]
Still want to take the plunge, with your 2.91 GPA in Political “Science” and 146 LSAT score, cretin?!?! What do you think your chances are of getting hired by a decent-sized law firm, with that weak potential? Many law graduates from Georgetown, USC, Cal-Berkeley, Virginia, and Duke struggle to find solid employment. Not everyone with a JD from those schools lands in a good position.
And you think that you will do better than those young men and women, when you are enrolled at a garbage heap such as WhiTTTTier or Cooley?!?! Are you the daughter or nephew of a federal magistrate or a member of Congre$$? If not, then what sets your ass apart from students attending law schools that are leagues above you? Also, what the hell are you smoking?!
Conclusion: If you are not accepted to a truly name brand law school, i.e. those firmly in the top 6-10, then take a different route. Your employment outlook is limited from Day One of law school, at lower ranked commodes. If your plan is to “crush” first semester and transfer to a half-decent diploma mill, then you don’t have a plan. Hell, ninety percent of the class – including the potheads and alcoholics – is aiming for the top 5-10 percent. By the way, genius: landing in the top decile at your toilet might get you on law review, but most Biglaw firms will still not touch your ass.
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