How Clinical Experiences Can Help Students Pass the Bar Exam
Clinics excel at training students in the practical, day-to-day skills necessary to function as attorneys. Clinical experience can also enhance a student’s employability. But in order to make use of the skills and experience they gain in Clinics, students must first pass the Bar exam. Obviously, passing the exam is a central motivator in both students’ choices of classes and the amount of time and energy they devote to them. Equally obviously, Bar passage rate is also a central motivator – perhaps THE central motivator – for law schools and professors.
Given this focus, some students question the utility of clinics compared to more Bar-focused classes. A challenge for Clinics in recruiting students is combating this attitude by making it clear that the experience students gain in Clinics not only prepares them to be lawyers, it also plays a crucial role in developing the skills necessary to succeed at the Bar Exam.
This session will focus on the nexus of clinical experience and Bar passage. The presenters will lead a discussion that will include the following ways in which Clinics can help students prepare for the Bar Exam: