January 29, 2019

House of Delegates reject proposed change to bar passage standards

After a lengthy debate, the ABA House of Delegates overwhelmingly defeat a proposal that that would have required 75 percent of U.S. law school graduates who sit for the bar exam to pass it within two years.

The association’s policy-making body rejected Resolution 105 by a vote of 88-334 during the final day of the ABA Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas.

The proposed change now returns to the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, which also unsuccessfully offered the proposal to the House two years ago. The council is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the national accreditor of the nation’s 203 ABA-approved law schools and operates as an independent arm of the ABA.