SMU tops Texas law schools in bar exam passage rate

The Umphrey Lee Cenotaph in SMU's law quadSMU’s Dedman School of Law has scored the state’s highest passing rates for first-time test takers on the July 2008 bar exam, according to the Texas Board of Law Examiners. The school earned a 93.97 percent success rate, with 218 of 232 alumni passing the bar exam on their first attempt.

Overall, 85 percent of first-time test takers passed the bar exam. Passing the exam is required to become a licensed lawyer.

SMU had the second-highest passing rate last year. Bar passage rates have increased since the Dedman School expanded its curriculum a few years ago to increase its focus on the basics of law and legal writing, says Law Dean John B. Attanasio.

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