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Southern California Institute of Law sues bar association officials

School says it shouldn’t have to provide information about bar exam passage rates

Here’s a story that’s sure to enrage already-angry law school students.

According to The Wall Street Journal's Law Blog, Southern California Institute of Law (SCIL) is suing the bar association officials for requiring it to include information on its website that directs students to information about bar exam passage rates. The school claims the rule infringes on its First Amendment rights because it forces them to endorse the notion that a school’s exam passage rate reflects the quality of the education it provides.

Meanwhile, a lawyer representing the state bar officials says law schools “have no legitimate interest in hiding that information.”

According to California state data, none of the 43 SCIL grads who took last year’s state bar exam passed, and between 2007 and 2012, SCIL grads have failed the exam 93 percent of the time.

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