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Arizona cuts tuition; California has most difficult bar exam

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It was a GOOD week for …

The cost of legal education, after the Arizona Board of Regents approved an 11 percent tuition cut for in-state residents at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. It approved an 8 percent reduction for nonresidents, or about $3,500 a year. It is the first school to cut tuition and did so in hopes that it will be more competitive in the future. Applications are down 10 percent at the school, but it is still accepting applicants. Arizona State will keep tuition flat. 

It was a BAD week for …

Bar examinees in California and Arkansas, after a new study showed that those states have the most difficult exams in the nation. Rob Anderson, a law professor at Pepperdine University, ran a “regression of the bar passage rate for each ABA-accredited school for 2010 and 2011 on the school’s median undergraduate GPA and LSAT.”  In other words, he compared the LSAT scores of examinees to pass rates. The easiest