Tuesday October 30, 2007

Passing the Bar

School of Law graduates rank third in the state for the percentage of students passing the Ohio bar exam.

University of Dayton School of Law students taking the summer Ohio bar exam passed it at a higher rate than in any year since 2000.

More than 82 percent (82.3) of all UD School of Law graduates taking the summer test passed it. That's third among the state's nine law schools. The state average is 81.3 percent.

UD also achieved its highest rate for first-time summer test-takers since 2000 — 88.1 percent. That's fifth in the state and equals the state average.

"Preparing our students for bar passage is a responsibility shared by everyone at the School of Law," Lisa Kloppenberg, dean of the School of Law, said. "Our Road to the Bar Passage staff worked tirelessly with our students. Ninety-four percent of our students participating in the Road to the Bar Passage program passed the test."

For all test-takers, the Ohio State University finished first with 88.6 percent. The University of Cincinnati came in second at 85.1 percent. UD placed ahead of the University of Toledo (81.8), Ohio Northern University (82.2), Capital University (80.7 percent), Cleveland State University (79.6 percent), Case Western Reserve University (79.5 percent) and the University of Akron (77.9 percent).

Ohio Northern University led all first-time test-takers with 94.6 percent. The Ohio State University came in second at 90.3 percent. Cleveland State University was third with 90.2. Capital University finished fourth at 88.5 percent. The University of Cincinnati (87.8), the University of Toledo (87.5), the University of Akron (85) and Case Western Reserve University (82.9) followed UD.