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Wayne Law Leads the Way as 96% of Graduates Pass Bar Examination

November 06, 2007


95% of Graduates Pass Bar Examination DETROIT (Nov. 6, 2007) – Official passage rates for first-time takers of the July 2007 Michigan Bar Examination have been released, and Wayne State University Law School graduates far outperformed the field with 96 percent passing on the first try.

With 132 out of 137 Wayne State graduates passing the July 2007 bar examination on the first try, students who graduated from a law school other than Wayne State were three times as likely to fail the exam on the first try as Wayne State 's first-time takers.  The three other law schools with large numbers of graduates taking the Michigan bar exam,  Michigan State University, the University of Detroit Mercy, and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School,  had first-time pass rates of 90 percent, 87 percent and 74 percent, respectively.  The overall first-time passage rate was 86 percent.

“As witnessed by such a high passage rate, Wayne Law truly prepares graduates for the real world by providing them with the tools and resources needed to pass the bar examination and enter into the legal community,” said Wayne State University Law School Dean Frank H. Wu. “On behalf of Wayne State University Law School , I would like to congratulate our recent alumni on a job well done.”

This year marks the second consecutive year that approximately 96 percent of Wayne State University Law School graduates have passed the bar examination on the first try. 

Wayne State University Law School has served Michigan and beyond since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 30 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized faculty, Wayne State Law School students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.

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