Georgia Impact

UGA School of Law grads record highest state bar passage rate for fifth consecutive year

Students study in front of UGA's School of Law.

The University of Georgia School of Law is proud to announce that for the fifth consecutive year, its graduates had the highest bar examination passage rate for first-time takers in the state of Georgia for the July sitting.

 “We make a promise to all students who choose to attend our law school that we will provide a world-class educational experience that prepares them for successful careers,” said School of Law Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge. “For five years now, our graduates have had the highest bar passage rate in our state for first-time test takers, which sends a strong signal that we are indeed delivering on that promise.”

This achievement comes only weeks after the law school was recognized as the best value in legal education in the United States. The ranking by National Jurist relies upon outcome-driven factors such as average indebtedness, bar passage and employment.

“Now that these graduates have passed the bar, they will be starting their careers,” Rutledge said. “By reducing the average debt load, we allow them to choose those careers based on their passions rather than their finances, giving them a wider range of options for the future. We want to commend these young lawyers not only for passing the bar, but for the hard work and commitment they demonstrated throughout their legal education.”