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FSU and UF law, alma maters to many lobbyists, top Bar -- again



Continuing a trend of recent years, Florida State University's law school graduates had the highest bar passage rates among all Florida law schools public and private, according to figures just released by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The passage rates are for the July exam, where the average pass rate was 80 percent.

FSU enjoyed a pass rate of 91.4 percent, while UF was No. 2 with 86.3 percent passing, and Nova was close behind with 86.1 percent. FIU's 6-year-old law school had a pass rate of 80.9 percent, while the FAMU law school that just got full accreditation continues to struggle with lower pass rates: 52.6 percent this time. FAMU pass rates have been in the 50th and 60th percentile pretty consistently, though the dean installed last year has established weekly bar prep and academic success workshops to improve those scores in the years to come.

Florida State graduates have ranked first in the state on five of the past eight administrations of the exam.

This month, the school was ranked the nation’s 10th “Best Value” law school by National Jurist magazine and the country’s third-best law school for Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine.

“We are very proud that Florida State Law students continue to achieve outstanding results on the Florida Bar exam,” said Law Dean Don Weidner. “Special congratulations and thanks go to our recent graduates for their superb accomplishment.”

See the full list of pass rates here.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:18pm]


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