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Law school records best state bar passage rate

Graduate school students studying in the law library. The U.S. News Graduate School Rankings are out today.
Students studying in the Law Library have a full view of North Campus. (UGA file photo)

For the sixth consecutive year, University of Georgia School of Law graduates achieved the highest bar examination passage rate for first-time takers in the state of Georgia for the July sitting.

“The faculty, staff and I are incredibly proud of our students for their hard work,” School of Law Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge said. “Our primary focus at the School of Law has been – and remains – to provide our students with first-rate legal training so they can become future leaders of state and society.”

“I’d like to thank the law school’s Bar Passage Working Group – led by Bar Exam Success Programming Director Tony Waller – and our Bar Exam Success Team for their innovative work in this field,” Rutledge said. “Special thanks also go to the law school’s generous alumni and alumnae who invested in a bar preparation stipend program, run by Tony and the BEST team, to support those in need.”

This achievement closely follows the School of Law’s recent back-to-back ranking as the best value in legal education in the country. This National Jurist ranking is based on outcome-driven metrics such as bar passage and employment rates as well as average indebtedness, tuition and cost of living.

“The School of Law strives to be the best return on investment in legal education,” Rutledge said. “Bar passage success is an essential element of this vision. We are very proud of these students for their achievement and look forward to celebrating their professional successes.”