Arizona Law Grads Lead in Bar Exam Passage

Oct. 20, 2012

Graduates of the James E. Rogers College of Law have again passed the Arizona Bar examination at a higher rate than the state’s other law schools.

“Legal education is aimed at preparing the whole lawyer,” said Dean Lawrence Ponoroff, noting that the three-year law school curriculum does not teach to the test. “The skills they learned in our highly individualized program – writing, critical thinking, and discipline, for example – consistently prepare our students to perform well on the bar exams in Arizona and other states.”

Results from July’s 2-day bar examination, required for practicing lawyers, were announced last week by the Committee on Examinations of the Supreme Court of Arizona. Of 100 Arizona Law graduates taking the test, 89 passed on their first attempt. This significantly outperforms the 82.8% state average for all 600 first time test takers. For more details, see the Bar’s information sheet here.