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Monday, September 27, 2010

Ave Law Bar Passage Rate For July 2010

In the comments to this post, Ave Maria School of Law's bar passage rate for July 2010 is being discussed, but it deserves its own post.

Here are the July 2010 Florida bar passage results:

------ Number Taking ----- Number Passing ----- Percent Passing

U. of Miami: 314 , 270 , 86.0
U. of Florida: 310 , 269 , 86.8
Stetson: 217 , 171 , 78.8
Florida State U.: 189 , 163 , 86.2
Nova Southeastern U.: 229 , 185 , 80.8
St. Thomas: 122 , 96 , 78.7
Florida Coastal: 226 , 178 , 78.8
Barry U.: 166 , 124 , 74.7
Florida A&M U.: 88 , 55 , 62.5
Florida International U.: 101 , 85 , 84.2
Ava Maria Law School: 25 , 16 , 64.0
non-Florida law schools: 745 , 551 , 74.0
Total first timers: 2732 , 2163 , 79.2

This is the first time AMSL was competing with Florida schools (11 law schools in Florida!). Not an impressive start.

Last year, AMSL had a very disappointing 74% passage rate for the Michigan Bar, compared with a state average of 88%, and worse than every other Michigan law school. Dean Milhizer explained what the school was going to do to improve the scores:
We are undertaking and considering a wide array of specifically-targeted approaches to improve the passage rate of our students. This includes re-examining our bar preparation program under the leadership of a new academic support coordinator, and perhaps offering a for-credit bar preparation course and even more forcefully encouraging students to take commercial bar preparation courses to supplement their law school education.
So what is Dean Milhizer saying this year? It sounds vaguely familiar:
The Law School will undertake and consider a wide array of specifically-targeted approaches to improve the passage rate of our students. This includes a full re-examination of our bar preparation program, further enhancing our academic success program, and re-evaluating our for-credit bar preparation course offered for the first time this past academic year.
UPDATE: Here is the Ave Herald's take.

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