Baylor Law Tops Another Bar Exam Pass Rate

May 4, 2006

Baylor law students again topped the pass rate in the latest Texas Bar Exam, achieving a 96.88 percent success rate for the bar exam taken in February this year. This is the highest pass rate among students from the nine Texas law schools who took the two-day examination.

Of the 64 Baylor law students who took the bar exam, 62 passed. The overall state pass rate was 83.79 percent, with a total of 305 successful candidates among the 364 law students who took the exam.

Baylor Law School has an unsurpassed record of success on the exam, which is given twice a year and qualifies a candidate to practice law. Law Dean Brad Toben said Baylor's first-place result again underscores the effectiveness of the Law School's program. "Congratulations and thanks go to our faculty and staff colleagues for making such a distinctive and successful program possible that prepares our students fully for success in our profession. I am very proud of their work with our students, which is so effective. The investment that they make in our students not only prepares them for great accomplishment, but also, very importantly, inures to the benefit of our profession and the public."

Baylor Law School's continued success is reflected in the U.S.News & World Report's recently released "Best Graduate School" rankings, which rates the school's trial advocacy program as the sixth best in the nation in its survey. This is five places up from 2003, when it was ranked 11th, and 10 places up from 2002 when Baylor's trial advocacy program was ranked 16th. Overall, Baylor Law School was rated 51st in the publication's "Top 100 Schools" listing.

The Law School has been featured in a number of prestigious top law school rankings. In a previous nationwide assessment of America's law schools, The Princeton Review described Baylor Law School as "the Marine Corps of law schools." The Review termed Baylor's Practice Court Program as "arguably the best training ground in the nation for practical lawyering."

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