UF Law Students Continue to Excel in Bar Exam

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Continuing their record of success over the last seven years, students from the University of Florida Levin College of Law have come out on top in the Florida Bar Association spring bar examination according to data released by the Supreme Court of Florida.

Better than 82 percent of UF law students taking the exam in February for the first time passed, making it the ninth time in the last 15 tests given that Levin College of Law students have lead the state’s eight private and public law schools. In four of the other exams, UF finished second, giving it the best overall record of any law school in Florida.

A total of 956 took the February test, with 728 – or 76.2 percent – passing. UF had 126 of 153 participants pass, or 82.4 percent. Other Florida law school passage rates were Florida State University, 80.5 percent; Stetson, 77.3; Nova Southeastern, 73.1; Florida Coastal, 69.8; University of Miami, 67.9; St. Thomas, 58.1; and Barry University of Orlando, 37.5. Law graduates from non-Florida law schools had a 79.6 rate.

“Our students traditionally do very well on the bar, partially because they are great students and partially because they have great teachers,” said law school Dean Jon Mills.

Florida Bar Board of Examiners, an administrative arm of the State Supreme Court, conducts exams every February and July for law school graduates seeking to practice law in Florida. An average of about 900 take the early test each year, and close to 1900 take each summer test.

In the last eight February tests, UF graduates have been first five times and second twice in terms of percentage passing. In the last seven July tests, UF grads finished first four times and second once.

“We’re proud of our students’ continued success and look forward to their achieving leadership roles in the state, nation and legal profession,” Mills said.

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Published: April 22nd, 2003

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