Baylor Law Tops Texas Bar Exam Pass Rate - Again

May 8, 2018

Baylor Law Tops Texas Bar Exam Pass Rate - Again

Banner announcing Baylor Law as top Texas Bar Exam passing rate

WACO, Texas, May 7, 2018 -

Baylor Law has ranked #1 on 22 of the 34 bar exams since 2001

Baylor Law’s winning tradition continues as its students again posted the highest first-time passing rate on the latest Texas Bar Exam. Results announced on May 3rd, show that Baylor law students achieved an 87.5 percent pass rate for the bar exam taken in February 2018, topping the pass rates of students from the other nine law schools in the state.

Of the 16 Baylor law students who took the two-day examination, 14 passed. The overall state pass rate was 60.07 percent, with a total of 161 candidates passing, out of the 268 students who took the exam for the first time.

Since 2001, Baylor Law has ranked #1 on 22 of the 34 bar exams in Texas

Click Here to View the February 2018 Bar Exam Statistics

The Texas bar exam is given twice each year and Baylor Law has an unparalleled record of success. Law Dean Brad Toben said the first-place result again underscores the effectiveness of Baylor Law School's distinctive program. “This success again demonstrates what a combination of dedicated faculty and staff colleagues, all invested in our mission and in our students, can enable our talented students to achieve,” stated Dean Toben.

Baylor Law is thriving

In recent weeks, Baylor Law learned that it ranks #1 among the 204 ABA-accredited law schools in the nation with a 100% ‘Ultimate’ bar pass rate- the percentage of students who pass the Bar Exam within two years of graduating- the only law school in the country with this distinction.

In addition, it was recently reported that Baylor Law’s employment rate for JD required positions for 2017 graduates is 82.31%, ranking Baylor Law 18th out of the 204 ABA-accredited schools. This category is considered the gold standard as an employment measurement for law school graduates. The same report stated that Baylor Law’s 2017 graduate’s unemployment rate is a minuscule 2.31%.

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Established in 1857, Baylor Law 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 has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. Baylor Law 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 one of the top 5 in the nation. Baylor Law School is also ranked #50 in the magazine’s 2019 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. Learn more at

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 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. Learn more at

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