Baylor Law Makes It Another 'Clean Sweep' For 2002

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It?s ?eyes down? in the James Kronzer Appellate Advocacy Courtroom as Baylor law students tackle questions during a recent Texas Bar Exam. (Tim Hursley photo)
Jan. 24, 2003

by Alan Hunt

Baylor Law School again made a "clean sweep" of the twice-yearly Texas Bar Exam in 2002, with its students achieving the highest passing percentage of the nine law schools in the state.

Particularly impressive was Baylor's performance in the exam taken in July 2002, when a total of 2,130 persons took the examination. Baylor students comprised 100 of that total - and two of the exam's top three scorers were from Baylor.

Beth Klusman came first on the exam, and the third highest taker was Brandye Brown. Klusman is now working at the Dallas law firm of Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal L.L.P., and Brown is at the law firm of Hughes & Luce, L.L.P., Dallas.

The bar exam is given twice each year, in July and February, and Baylor Law School has an unsurpassed record of success on the exam. Of the 100 Baylor law students who took the July examination, 94 passed. Baylor also topped the pass rate for the exam taken in February 2002.

During the rigorous two-and-one-half-day test, students have to answer questions about practically every aspect of the law and the legal issues and remedies they have studied in law school. They are required to pass the Texas Bar Exam before practicing law in the Lone Star State.

Law Dean Brad Toben said last year's exam results again underscore the distinctiveness of Baylor Law School's program and the achievements of a talented student body and a dedicated faculty and staff.

Toben said it was another testament to Baylor Law's reputation within the legal profession as a school that "really gets the job done."

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