CPIL's Ed Howard Quoted in The Sacramento Bee Article on Declining Bar Passage Rate in California

CPIL's Ed Howard Quoted in The Sacramento Bee Article on Declining Bar Passage Rate in California

Sacramento (February 20, 2017) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Senior Counsel and Senior Policy Advocate for the Center for Public Interest Law, Ed Howard, was quoted in The Sacramento Bee in an article that discussed the declining passage rate of the California Bar.

This past July, the rate declined severely, but the passage of exam takers has been declining for years. To combat this possible crisis, a hearing was held earlier this month to discuss reasons for the decline and the consequences for the California judicial system including a reduced supply of available attorneys. According to Howard, this decline means “real consequences for real people.”

While California does allow students from non-accredited law schools to take the exam, the requirement for the exam itself is unusually high when compared to other states. Therefore, law school administrators are calling for a review of this high requirement in order to evaluate the rate, which has not been done for decades, and to become more comparable to other state bar exams.

Read the full article. 

About Ed Howard

Ed Howard is the senior counsel and senior policy advocate for both the Children’s Advocacy Institute and Center for Public Interest Law at USD School of Law. His expertise in California legislative politics and policy stems from years as special counsel and chief policy advisor to a California state senator and as chief consultant of two standing California legislative committees. During his years as a staffer in the Legislature, he spearheaded the enactment of numerous and nationally trend-setting laws in the areas of privacy, technology, IT procurement, the regulation of licensed professions, health care, and consumer rights.

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.

Ed Howard, Senior Counsel/Senior Policy Advocate at CPIL

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