With the Texas Board of Law Examiners February Bar Exam results released this week, Texas Tech University School of Law received the highest passage rate for its first-time examinees at 91.67 percent. Texas Tech ranked first among the nine Texas law schools for first-time examinees.
“Texas Tech is one of the premier law schools in Texas and the nation, and our students’ recent performance on the bar exam proves it,” Chancellor Kent Hance said. “We have a long history of having the highest pass rates in Texas. I congratulate our newly licensed colleagues on this accomplishment and thank the faculty who prepare our students for this tough exam.”
Overall, the February Bar Exam had a first-time passage rate of 76.82 percent (80.28 percent among Texas law schools). The total number of examinees who passed was 781.
Texas Tech was followed by Baylor University, Texas A&M and the University of Houston among first-time examinees.
“I am exceptionally proud of our alumni and their dedicated preparation for the bar exam,” said Darby Dickerson, dean of the School of Law. “Their success is the result of hard work throughout law school, as well as guidance from our faculty, particularly Professor Cassie Christopher, director of bar preparation resources.”
Christopher said this accomplishment is no small feat.
“The law school is thrilled for these newly minted attorneys,” Christopher said. “We are so proud of all their hard work, and grateful for the support of the faculty and the law school community. Passing the bar exam is a tremendous achievement, and we look forward to hearing great things about these new lawyers.”
The School of Law prepares students for the bar in a variety of ways, including a rigorous curriculum, an open-door policy for faculty, free additional programming for upper-level students on bar test-taking strategies and topical reviews, one-on-one counseling sessions to help prepare students for the academic and non-academic aspects of studying for the bar. The school is about to launch a new mentoring program that matches alumni and interested students for the bar-study period and also now offers a Texas Practice course that allows students to hone essay-writing skills.
“It is clear through the February Bar Results that Texas Tech School of Law prepares students extraordinarily well for the most important examination in their lives as attorneys,” said President M. Duane Nellis. “We are incredibly proud to not only offer students a very affordable option with our law school, but also one that enables students to be successful.”