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UF Law Still First on Florida Bar Exam

Published: April 19th, 2004

Category: News Briefs

Levin College of Law students taking the spring Florida Bar Exam earned the highest percentage passing rate of the state’s eight private and public law schools for the 10th time in the past 17 tests, the best overall record of any Florida school.

“We are very proud of our students and the faculty whose efforts helped prepare them,” said Dean Robert Jerry.

For UF law students taking the exam in February for the first time, 88.8 percent — 142 out of 160 — passed. Of the total 1,112 who took the February test, 75.3 percent – 837 – passed. Other passage rates were Florida Coastal, 79.2; Stetson, 76; Florida State University, 67.3; University of Miami, 66.1; Nova Southeastern, 54.5; St. Thomas, 46.9; and Barry University of Orlando, 40.9. Graduates from non-Florida schools had a 78.9 rate.

“We have an outstanding record of success over the years, but we want to remind current students that past success is no future guarantee. They should emulate these students, who excelled due to hard work and diligent preparation,” said Associate Dean for Students, Professionalism and Community Relations Gail Sasnett.

The Florida Bar Board of Examiners, an administrative arm of the State Supreme Court, conducts exams every February and July for law graduates seeking to practice in Florida.

UF law students also did well on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam, with 88.6 percent passing, second only to Miami’s 91.6 percent. The MPRE measures knowledge of the profession’s codes of conduct.

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