2019 is off to a great start for the Testing Task Force’s study thanks to everyone who participated in the January and February stakeholder focus groups facilitated by ACS Ventures (at the AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans, the UBE Forum in San Antonio, the ABA Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas, and the LSAC & NCBE Best Practices in High Stakes Testing conference in Albuquerque). The Task Force heard opinions from bar administrators, bar leaders, supreme court justices, practitioners, law students, and law school faculty regarding the current bar examination and its future direction. Also in February, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) conducted its first focus group, comprised of lawyers who supervise entry-level lawyers.
The focus group, held in Chicago, helped lay the foundation for the practice analysis survey AIR is developing. Despite the polar vortex interfering with travel plans, the event was a big success, with one participant stating, “I truly enjoyed my experience and appreciated the opportunity. I would love to take part in any future focus groups and do my part to help this fantastic profession.”
The Task Force is energized by the progress of and enthusiasm surrounding its study, and cannot thank everyone enough for taking the time to contribute to this important work!