TU Law Leads State in Bar Passage

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Published on 3/15/06

83 Percent Pass Exam – Including 97 Percent of First-Timers;
Dean Credits Preparation Programs, Refocus

Graduates of the University of Tulsa College of Law had the highest overall passage rate in Oklahoma on the February 2006 bar examination, with a passage rate of 83 percent.

In addition, 97 percent of TU graduates taking the test for the first time passed. It was TU’s highest rate in five years.

Robert Butkin, dean of The University of Tulsa College of Law, credited these new graduates for their success. “Our graduates are giving their preparation for the bar examination the time and energy that it requires,” Butkin said. Butkin noted that national surveys have shown that students who succeed on the bar examination typically spend fifty hours per week studying in the seven weeks prior to the exam.

The College of Law offers pre-bar review sessions for students in their final semester of law school which, combined with the more extensive bar review courses offered after graduation, provide an excellent foundation for bar preparation. One hundred percent of TU graduates who took both the pre-bar review sessions and the full bar preparation courses passed the test. This semester, the number of students who participated in preparation programs has doubled.

Dr. Steadman Upham, president of The University of Tulsa, said the outstanding bar passage rate is just one indicator of the quality of education TU law students receive.

“Equally impressive is the success our alumni achieve as attorneys and judges,” President Upham said. “Fifty –six percent of all attorneys practicing in Tulsa County are alumni of our College of Law and 52% of the judges in Tulsa County are alumni.” He added that part of that success can be attributed to an evolving curriculum that includes centers of excellence in health, international, environmental, energy and American Indian law.

Dean Butkin also noted that the College of Law has in recent years re-evaluated its curriculum to ensure that its graduates have a solid foundation in courses typically tested on a bar examination.