01 May 2013 at 11:45 BST

ABA looks to tighten bar exam rules

The American Bar is looking to raise standards for those looking to qualify as lawyers by changing its rules in a controversial move which could impact minority and low-income applicants.

Law school admissions change Zimmytws

The change would see at least 80 per cent of a law school’s graduates required to pass the bar within two years of graduation – compared to the current regime which requires 75 per cent pass within five years, the National  Law Journal reports.

Confusing rules

Graduates would have at least five opportunities to take the exam which would help law schools with the quota. The current rules have been seen as confusing and the Department of Education has called for clarity. The rules will be discussed at the July meeting of the ABA committee reviewing law school accreditation standards.


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