Low bar exam passage at UD’s law school has prompted administrators to look for ways to bolster the school in recent years.
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At 58 percent, UD graduates passed the bar exam in July 2017 at the lowest rate among Ohio’s nine law schools, according to the Ohio Supreme Court. Ohio State University had the highest passage rate at 87 percent.
Law students must pass the bar exam in order to become practicing attorneys. To improve passage, UD has implemented an early alert system that flags troubled students and now requires students to take a bar prep-class, among other initiatives.
Enrollment at UD’s law school has also declined in recent years, following a nationwide trend that has forced Whittier Law School in California and Charlotte School of Law in North Carolina to close. Valparaiso University’s law school in Indiana announced in November that it would not admit any new students.
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