Large Gain in Bar Exam Passage at Ave Maria School of Law
Published on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 18:18
Graduates of the Ave Maria School of Law did significantly better this year on the Florida Bar Examination, with 75.3 percent of first-time test takers passing the exam. Fewer than 50 percent passed it last year, and 64 percent passed in 2010.
"I am very pleased and very proud of our graduates," said law school President and Dean Eugene Milhizer. "This reflects well on the students and on the things we are doing as an institution."
A little less than half of the Ave Maria Law school's class of 2012 sat for the Florida bar exam, and they were the first graduates who attended the school for all three years in Florida to take it. Other graduates took the exam in different states, for which results are not expected to be available for several weeks.
The University of Florida College of Law had the highest bar passage rate in the July test, at 91.2 percent.
Dean Milhizer said the law school embarked on an "unprecedented effort" over the last two years to better prepare its students to take the bar exam.
"This reinforces our commitment to move forward," he said.
The bar passage rates as announced today by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners:
University of Florida College of Law - 91.2%
Florida State University College of Law - 89.2%
Stetson University College of Law - 88.9%
Barry University School of Law - 81.7%
University of Miami School of Law - 81.6%
Nova Southeastern University College of Law - 80.6%
Florida International University College of Law - 80.3%
Ave Maria School of Law - 75.3%
Florida Coastal School of Law - 75.2%
St. Thomas University College of Law - 71.4 %
Florida A&M University College of Law - 68.1%