TU College of Law has highest February Bar Exam passage rates of state's law schools

Monday, April 14, 2008

Published on 4/14/08

Results from the February 2008 Oklahoma Bar Examination show The University of Tulsa College of Law had the highest percentage of passing students from Oklahoma’s three law schools.

Of students taking the exam for the first time, 93 percent of TU students passed. In all, 35 TU students took the exam in February with an 89 percent passage rate. Both of those figures were the highest among Oklahoma law schools. The percentages also exceeded the rates recorded by out-of-state students who took the Oklahoma exam.

“In recent years, TU has taken numerous strategic steps to enhance our law school by increasing the academic profile of incoming classes, strengthening the law school curriculum and lowering student-teacher ratios,” said TU President Steadman Upham. “These bar passage results demonstrate that these actions are having a measurable impact on our student outcomes.”

Janet Levit, dean of the law school, echoed the president’s statements and credited the college’s bar preparation courses.

“The high bar passage rate is a testament to the quality of our students, curriculum and faculty. We have developed a strong system for ensuring our students have every opportunity to be fully prepared when their exam date arrives,” she said.

The TU College of Law provides an academically rigorous, yet congenial atmosphere with opportunities for scholarship, leadership and faculty mentoring. Students develop practical skills through participation with student-driven legal journals, award-winning moot court teams, two on-campus clinics and a new pro bono program. Joint interdisciplinary degrees include a JD/MBA and JD/MTAX and unique specialties include energy and environmental law and Native American law. The Mabee Legal Information Center is recognized as one of the nation’s top university law libraries. The TU College of Law is one of the four colleges of The University of Tulsa, which is ranked among U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Universities. To find out more visit: www.law.utulsa.edu.