Baylor Law No. 1 in Texas Bar Exam Results

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Nov. 1, 2013

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 1, 2013) - Baylor Law School once again is No. 1 in the state's bar exam passage rate.

Results of the July Texas Bar exam released Oct. 31 show Baylor Law School with a 97.52 percent pass rate. At No. 2 is the University of Texas at Austin with a pass rate of 95.52 percent. The state's overall passage rate among those who took the bar exam for the first time was 86.05 percent.

Texas has nine law schools, and since 2001 Baylor Law has been No. 1 on 18 of 25 bar exams given.

"We have a well-defined mission - one that speaks powerfully to what legal education should accomplish for our profession and for those we serve," said Baylor Law School Dean Brad Toben. "We also have consistent high expectations of our students as they develop into professionals. Our success arises from our fealty to that mission and our stewardship of the distinctive program attributes that set Baylor Law School apart."

The following are the results from the July Texas Bar exam:

1. Baylor University Law School- 97.52 percent (118 of 121)
2. University of Texas School of Law - 95.52 percent (256 of 268)
3. SMU School of Law- 91.59 percent (196 of 214)
4. South Texas College of Law - 89.35 percent (235 of 263)
5. University of Houston Center of Law- 88.02 percent (191 of 217)
6. Texas Tech University School of Law - 85.94 percent (165 of 192)
7. Texas A&M University School of Law (formerly Texas Wesleyan) - 85.83 percent (109 of 127)
8. St. Mary's University School of Law - 82.82 percent (188 of 227)
9. Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law - 79.23 percent (103 of 130)


Established in 1857, Baylor Law School was the first law school in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,000 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 the third best in the nation. Baylor Law School is ranked No. 54 in the magazine's 2013 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools." Learn more at


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 15,000 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 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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