OU Law Graduates Achieve Highest Bar Passage Rate in Oklahoma

September 18, 2017 | By Melissa Caperton, Director of Communications
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NORMAN — Graduates of the University of Oklahoma College of Law achieved a 95 percent pass rate on the bar exam for first-time exam takers, the highest in the state. The complete results of the July 2017 bar exam were released today by the Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners.

A total of 89 OU alumni took the July 2017 exam. The overall passage rate for OU graduates was 93 percent, exceeding the statewide overall pass rate by 12 percent.

“OU Law’s perennial achievements on the Oklahoma Bar Exam are a testament to our emphasis on admitting well-prepared and academically-qualified students and their education experience at OU Law,” said OU College of Law Dean Joseph Harroz Jr. “Our graduates’ performance exceeded the statewide average in every category, making clear the amount of hard work they put into bar preparation. Together with other recent accolades, this news demonstrates OU Law’s leadership in legal education.”

OU Law’s latest rankings and honors include:

  • No. 1 in the state of Oklahoma – the highest U.S. News & World Report ranking ever achieved by an Oklahoma law school
  • No. 2 Moot Court Program in the Nation, The Blakeley Advocacy Institute
  • No. 18 in the nation for first-time bar passage, U.S. News Academic Insights
  • Eight consecutive years as a “Best Value” Law School, National Jurist

Founded in 1909, the OU College of Law is Oklahoma’s premier law school. OU Law offers small sections and class sizes that encourage a strong sense of community; accomplished faculty with international expertise; and a state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest technology. The OU College of Law is the academic home of more than 500 students enrolled in the juris doctor program, the John B. Turner Master of Laws Program, the master of legal studies program and various dual degree programs. For more information about OU Law, visit law.ou.edu.

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