In recent years Massachusetts has become the bar exam of choice for our most of our graduates (surpassing RI), and as a result Mass is now our “reporting state” for the American Bar Association. The July 2009 results reinforce how well our graduates perform when compared to all takers (which in Mass includes almost 400 graduates of Harvard, Boston College, and Boston University). Besides beating the state rate for all takers by almost 4%, we ran the table by easily topping the state average in the two key categories involving first-time takers (data relied upon by the ABA to measure the quality of a law school’s program):
July 2009 exam: (first time takers)
RWU Law: 93%
All law schools: 90%
Calendar Year 2009 (first time takers, February and July bars combined):
RWU Law: 91%
All law schools: 87%
If we look at only the folks who walked across our stage last May, the results are even more impressive: 94% of them passed on the first try.
Congratulations to the many RWU Law graduates on their continued success!