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45 Brandeis L.J. 269 (2006-2007)
A Bar Review for Law Schools: Getting Students on Board to Pass Their Bar Exams

handle is hein.journals/branlaj45 and id is 277 raw text is: A BAR REVIEW FOR LAW SCHOOLS: GETTING
STUDENTS ON BOARD TO PASS THEIR BAR
EXAMS
Denise Riebe*
I. INTRODUCTION
u1. BAR EXAMS: HISTORY, PURPOSE, CRITICISMS, AND ALTERNATIVES
Ii. SHOULD LAW SCHOOLS INTERVENE?
IV. WOULD LAW SCHOOL PREPARATION MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
V. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR GETIING STUDENTS ON BOARD TO PASS
THEIR BAR EXAMS
A. Introduction
B. Program Recommendations
C. For-Credit Law School Bar Preparation Courses
D. The Go, No-Go Decision
VI. THE FUTURE OF THE BAR EXAM AND LAW SCHOOL PREPARATION
I. INTRODUCTION
Law schools have significant bar passage problems.' After students spend
thousands of dollars2 and invest years of time in becoming attorneys, law
* Duke University School of Law, Senior Lecturing Fellow, 2001-06; University of North
Carolina School of Law, Adjunct Instructor, 2001-06; Wake Forest University School of Law,
J.D., 1986; author, with Michael Hunter Schwartz, PASS THE BAR! (2006). The author thanks
her colleagues who provided comments on earlier drafts of this Article: Professor Suzanne
Darrow-Kleinhaus, Touro Law Center, Huntington, New York; Professor Michael Hunter
Schwartz, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas; and Professor Pavel
Wonsowicz, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Law. The author also thanks Dawn
Brackmann, J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 1988, and Alyssa Rower, J.D., Duke
University School of Law, 2004, for their assistance editing this Article.
1 Christian C. Day, Law Schools Can Solve the Bar Pass Problem - Do the Work!,
40 CAL. W. L. REv. 321, 324 (2004).
2 For example, a state resident's cost of attending a public university's law school for one
academic year (nine months) is approximately $28,013 ($11,981 tuition and fees; $12,128
books and living expenses; $1278 travel; and, $2626 miscellaneous expenses). UNIVERSITY OF
NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF LAw 2005-2006 QUICK FACTS (2005). Bar review and exam
application fees are also expensive. Soc'y of Am. Law Teachers, Society of American Law

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