Friday October 28, 2005

Law School Places Fourth in Ohio Bar Passage

Seventy-eight percent of all UD law graduates taking the bar exam passed, exceeding the state average by three points. UD is one of only five Ohio law schools that have reached the 80 percent mark the last three years for first-time test takers.

Since creating a summer program designed to improve study habits and provide test-taking hints, more than 80 percent of University of Dayton School of Law graduates passed the Ohio bar exam on their first try.

In results released today, UD is one of only five Ohio law schools that have reached the 80 percent mark the last three years, matching the state average of 81 percent.

"Ohio is a very competitive state with nine law schools," said Rebecca Cochran, UD faculty coordinator for the "Road to Bar Passage" program. "We have to stay on top of things, but we are headed in the right direction."

Seventy-eight percent of all UD law graduates taking the bar exam passed, exceeding the state average by three points. UD's ranking of all test takers is tied for fourth.
UD's first-time test takers are tied for sixth with the University of Toledo.

"Given Ohio's stringent test, I am pleased with our passage rate," UD School of Law Dean Lisa Kloppenberg said. "This is very positive news for our students and our faculty who help prepare our students for the bar exam."

Kloppenberg also gives credit to her school's nationally ranked legal writing program for helping UD students better grasp related aspects of the bar exam. U.S. News & World Report's first ranking of legal writing programs lists UD among the top 20.

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