WACO, Texas -
The results of the February 2017 Texas Bar exam have been released and Baylor Law is again No. 1 with an 88.89 percent pass rate.
Of the 27 Baylor Law students who took the February 2017 exam, 24 passed – the highest percentage among the nine Texas law schools. SMU Dedman School of Law ranked No. 2 with a pass rate of 78.57 percent and the state's first time taker passage rate was 68.75 percent.
"Our success on the bar exam originates from a program that holds our students to exacting standards of accomplishment and thereby prepares them well for a serving and honorable profession," said Dean Brad Toben. "Everyone on our team – the faculty, the staff, our alumni, and our many friends – work together to assure a superlative program for the benefit of our students and the public that they will serve. They are genuinely invested in our program and that investment results in our students and our program consistently thriving."
Baylor Law enjoys a long history of success on the Texas Bar Exam. Baylor Law students have recorded the top bar pass rate in Texas 20 times out of a total of 33 exams since 2001.1 Baylor Law was also ranked #23 on education research site StartClass.com's most recent national list of "Law Schools with the Best Bar Passage Rates."
WRITTEN BY: Joshua Weaver, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist, Baylor Law School
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Established in 1857, Baylor Law School was one of the first law schools in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,400 living alumni. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Baylor Law School has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. The Law School boasts two governors, members or former members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, U.S. ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and members of the Texas Legislature, among its notable alumni. In its law specialties rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor Law's trial advocacy program as #4 in the nation. Baylor Law School is also ranked #55 in the magazine's 2017 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools." The National Jurist ranks Baylor Law as one of the "Best School for Practical Training," and #4 in the nation in its most recent "Best Law School Facilities" listing. The Business Insider places Baylor Law among the top 50 law schools in the nation. Baylor Law School received the 2015 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, making it only the third law school in the nation to be honored with the award since the award's inception in 1984.
Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 D1 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big XII Conference. Learn more at baylor.edu