Texas A&M School of Law in Top 3 in Bar Pass Rate

May 4, 2015

Top 3

Texas A&M School of Law ranked 3rd in the state of Texas for the pass rate for first-time examinees on the February Texas Bar Exam. With a pass rate of 79.59%, Texas A&M University School of Law had the third highest pass rate of the nine Texas law schools, as reported by the Board of Law Examiners. Thirty-nine Aggie law examinees passed the exam out of 49 who took the test for the first time in February. The state average first-time examinee pass rate was 70.39%.

“We’re happy for our graduates’ success on the February bar exam and look forward to their success as members of the Texas Bar,” said Andrew Morriss, Dean & Anthony G. Buzbee Dean’s Endowed Chairholder. “As I recall all too well, the bar exam is a real challenge and our graduates turned in an impressive performance that reflects their hard work in law school. Going forward, we’re working to help our graduates do even better in the future.”

This success is credited to the combined efforts of the faculty and Academic Support team, who strategized based off of July’s test numbers and ultimately enhanced student performance.

The rigorous courses and supplemental workshops of the Academic Support Program, such as Bar Exam Boot Camps and the Bar Mentoring program, provided a strong scaffolding to build the best prepared students resulting in bar passage success. In the Bar Mentoring program, students are matched with a practicing attorney who was successful on the bar exam to receive the coaching necessary to excel on the test that measures whether a candidate is qualified to practice law in a given jurisdiction.

“I felt tremendous personal responsibility for the February results and gave every ounce of energy I had,” outgoing Director of Academic Support, Marta Miller said. “Bar exam passage or failure, however, does not rest solely on the shoulders of one individual. This accomplishment would not have been possible without the support of our amazing staff and faculty, especially the efforts of Camesha Little, Assistant Director of Academic Support. The real glory belongs to the students. I feel lucky to have been part of their journey to bar exam success.”

“Many pep talks, study review meetings and the student’s long study hours have paid off! I am very proud of our February 2015 bar passers!” commented Little.

Professor James McGrath, who takes over as the Director of Academic Support, echoes both Miller and Little’s comments and adds, “We are proud of our new group of Aggie lawyers, and our team is working hard to build on their success.”