WACO— November 13, 2018
Baylor Law students frequently have had the top pass rate on the Texas Bar Exam but, in what is believed to be a first, the top three individual scorers of the July 2018 Bar exam are Baylor Law graduates.
According to the Texas Board of Law Examiners, 1,532 individuals took the exam in July. The top score that could have been made was 1,000 and exam takers had to score at least a 675 to pass.
Spring Branch, Texas native Stephen Burbank, J.D. ’18, earned the highest score on the exam, while Rachel Koehn, J.D. ’18, of Houston and Kyle Steingreaber, J.D. ’18 of Porter, Texas tied for the second highest score.
Burbank received word on October 31st of his top score, and has been invited to speak at the State Bar of Texas’ New Lawyers Induction Ceremony at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin on November 19th. He is currently clerking for the Honorable Alan Albright of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Waco Division, and will continue to do so until the fall of next year.
Upon receiving word from Justice Jeff Brown of the Texas Supreme Court about his first-place score, Burbank stated that he was, “happy, but confused. I was just trying to pass the exam and by no means did I think I would receive a score like this.”
Rachel Koehn added, “It’s particularly special to be recognized alongside my Baylor classmates Stephen and Kyle, both of whom I highly respect. All I can say is that the Lord is good, and I am continuously in awe of His provision in my life.”
The Texas Bar exam is a grueling, two-and-a-half-day long exam consisting of multiple choice questions, essays, and short answer questions.
"I find it particularly impressive that while Baylor students represented less than seven percent of the participants who took the exam, all three of the exam's top scorers are Baylor Law graduates," said Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben. "We are so delightfully proud of Stephen, Rachel, and Kyle and we wish them continued success in their lives and in their professional careers as Baylor Lawyers."
Last week, results from the July Texas Bar exam were released and Baylor Law once again had the top exam passage rate; 89 of the 96 exam takers passed, a rate of 92.71 percent. The state's overall passage rate among those who took the bar exam for the first time was 77.87 percent. Baylor Law has been No. 1 on 23 of the 35 bar exams given since 2001.
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