Baylor Law Nabs Top Spot In Bar Exam Pass Rate - Again

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The Jim Kronzer Appellate Advocacy Classroom & Courtroom is a scene of quiet concentration as Baylor law students study questions during a previous Texas Bar Exam. (Tim Hursley photo)
May 5, 2004

by Alan Hunt

Baylor University law students again rank first in the passing percentage of the Texas Bar Examination.

Baylor Law School had a 90.32 percent passing rate, topping the other eight law schools in the state for the bar exam taken in February of this year. The overall statewide pass rate on the February exam was 70.33 percent, with 275 successful candidates from a field of 391. Baylor has an unsurpassed record of success on the exam, which is given twice a year.

Law Dean Brad Toben said the first-place result is "still another testament to our dedicated faculty and staff members who go to the mat for our students and for this school. They get the job done - not only for our students - but also for the public and the profession."

Toben also expressed his thanks to the more than 6,000 Baylor law alumni, who "are constantly supportive of what we do."

Baylor Law School received high marks in U.S.News & World Report's "2005 Best Graduate School" rankings, released last month. The school's trial advocacy program was ranked seventh in the nation, and overall, Baylor Law School was ranked 50th by U.S. News in its "Top 100 Schools" listing, or tier one category. The magazine evaluated accredited law schools nationwide, using 12 "measures of quality."

In previous years, Baylor Law School also has been ranked among the nation's top 20 law schools by the National Jurist and among the nation's top 10 teaching law schools by the Princeton Review. The Review described Baylor Law School as "the Marine Corps of law schools" and termed Baylor's Practice Court Program as "arguably the best training ground in the nation for practical lawyering."

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