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NY Post Editorial:

CUNY LAW'S MODEST ASPIRATIONS

February 3, 2004 -- Little steps for little feet at the City University's Law School.

Indeed, only at CUNY - the self-proclaimed law school "in the service of human needs" - could a 56 percent passing rate on the 2003 state bar exam be touted as a success.

Which it was, up six points from the previous year. But even the "improved" rate is some 20 points lower than the state average.

CUNY Law Dean Kristin Booth Glen swears that future stats will be better, given that the school has just admitted its "best ever" class.

No thanks to her, of course: the stringent new admissions standards imposed by the CUNY board came over the school's strenuous objections.

Starting this year, CUNY Law no longer accepts students with mediocre scores on their Law School Admissions Test (one-fourth of the class of 2002). And unlike previous years, this year's new students must maintain a minimum C average - or be tossed out.

Well, here's hoping CUNY has started admitting students who belong in law school - albeit one that has long seemed more adept at turning out a new generation of William Kunstlers.

Fact is, CUNY Law has been a significant drag on the university's otherwise remarkable academic turnaround, instigated by former Board Chairman Herman Badillo and implemented by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein.

If it can't measure up, Goldstein would be doing everyone a favor by simply shutting it down.