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USD School of Law Alumna and CPIL’s Bridget Gramme '03 (JD) Quoted in Los Angeles Daily Journal

USD School of Law Alumna and CPIL’s Bridget Gramme '03 (JD) Quoted in Los Angeles Daily Journal

Los Angeles (February 15, 2017) - University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumna and Center for Public Interest Law’s (CPIL), Bridget  Gramme, ’98 (BA), ’03 (JD), was quoted in a Los Angeles Daily Journal article regarding atypically high cut score for the California bar exam, which in turn has affected not only the passage rate of the exam itself, but also the California legal community at large. Both the passage rate and consequences thereof have been alarming to law schools and has spurred a call to investigate. In fact, Deans from 20 of the ABA law schools in California sent a letter to the state Supreme Court which focused the attention of the court on California’s lowest passage rate in the country.

According to the article, the Assembly Judiciary Committee is currently hosting discussions and hearings to learn more about the declining passage rate. The rate reached the lowest point it has during the past 32 years this past July at a passage rate of only 43 percent. Accordingly, a hearing was held this past week to learn why this decline has occurred and what potential steps the panel or the Legislature needs to take to alter the course of decline.

The State Bar’s Admissions and Education Committee and the Committee of Bar Examiners also held a joint meeting this Wednesday to discuss the passage rate and the need for future studies regarding the decline.

According to Gramme, “The dismal bar exam passage rate is symptomatic of the fact that the State Bar itself is controlled by lawyers — people who have an interest in keeping the pass point high to limit the number of people entering the profession.” She went on to say, ““The fact that the bar has chosen not to examine its pass point in 30 years — despite the alarming trend of plummeting pass rates — demonstrates this point.”

About the University of San Diego School of Law

The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 24th nationally and 6th on the West Coast in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

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