FAMU College of Law Exceeds State Bar Pass Average for the Highest First Time Pass Rate Ever

Caption: FAMU College of Law Dean LeRoy Pernell (center) stands with the College of Law Bar Exam Success Training (B.E.S.T.) team led by Alicia Jackson, Director of Program (second from right), after they announced the February 2013 Bar Passage Rate to current law students, faculty and staff. The 82.6 percent rate represents the best score achieved, on either the February or July Florida Bar exam, in the history of the College of Law for first-time takers. Also pictured (l-r) B.E.S.T. Program Instructors: Reginald Mitchell, Sr., Shanae Rasberry, Rene Allen; and Keith Neyland (far right).

Orlando, Fla. – For the first time in the history of the Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law, the first-time pass rate of the February 2013 Florida Bar Exam exceeded the state average. At 82.6 percent, the FAMU College of Law beat the state average of 80.2 percent, and also bested five of the 11 schools reported, including Florida Coastal, Nova Southeastern and the University of Florida. The score also exceeded the combined passage rate of the non-Florida law schools.

“We are extremely pleased with the efforts of the administration, faculty and students of the FAMU College of Law,” said Larry Robinson, interim president of FAMU. “This news could not have come at a better time. The examination results clearly demonstrate that the right steps are being taken to ensure that our law students are prepared to enter their profession. Congratulations to the FAMU College of Law.”

FAMU Provost Rodner Wright, who also serves as vice president for academic affairs, was also pleased with the nearly 20-point increase in the passage rate.

“It is clear that the university is committed to continuous improvement,” said Wright. “That commitment is evident in the hard work of the administration, faculty and staff of the College of Law.”

In addition to exceeding the state average for the first time, this rate represents the first time in FAMU’s history that the College of Law scored above 80 percent for either the February or July Bar Exam. The 82.6 percent rate represents a 17.1 point increase from the prior highest rate for February Bar that was achieved a year ago at 65.5 percent.

“We are very proud of our recent graduates and we commend them for the dedication they have shown to achieve this milestone,” said LeRoy Pernell, College of Law Dean. “These results are a testament to the excellent quality of our curriculum and academic support programs at the FAMU College of Law.”

The history-making Bar passers will return to the College of Law on Monday, April 22, 2013 to be sworn in during the college’s ninth Oath of Admission Ceremony in the Ceremonial Moot Courtroom. The Oath of Attorney will be administered by the Honorable Belvin Perry, Jr., Chief Judge, Ninth Judicial Circuit. The public event will begin at 6:30 p.m.