Introduction: I often discuss my TFL posts and the comments thereto with my father, Arthur Frakt. Dad was a long-time faculty member and Associate Dean at Rutgers-Camden before becoming Dean at Loyola LA in the 80s, and Dean of Widener (both Wilmington and Harrisburg) in the 90s before retiring. He has come out of retirement a couple of times: first, to help start the law school at Drexel, and later, to help Western State overcome its bar passage struggles and get full accreditation. He continues to follow closely what is going on legal academia. I asked him if he would be interested in sharing some of his thoughts on The Faculty Lounge, and he graciously offered to do so. After reading them, I find myself in complete agreement with everything he says. We both look forward to your comments.
- David Frakt
SOME THOUGHTS ON LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS AND THE BAR
by Arthur Frakt
In my four decades as a teacher and administrator in legal education, I was always deeply involved in the admissions process as well as the success of students in passing the bar examination and gaining entry into the profession. Of course every law school dean must have an interest in how his or her school's students have performed on the LSAT and succeeded at the bar examination, but I had a deep personal concern stemming from my own experience in law school and my work as the only lawyer in the New Jersey Attorney General's office working full time on civil rights.