Paper reports improved Bar passage rates

OCT. 26, 2009 — The Charleston Regional Business Journal today featured a story on the school’s improvement in the passing rate of students who took the Bar exam in July.  From the story:

The Charleston School of Law improved its bar-exam passage rate for the second consecutive year.

In the third year that Charleston School of Law graduates sat for the state’s July bar exam, 76% passed. That’s up from 72% last year and 70% in 2007.

Law school graduates must pass the S.C. bar exam to practice law in the state. The exam is given in July and February each year. More students take the exam in July, following spring graduation.

Among first-time exam takers, Charleston School of Law’s pass rate was 84%, according to spokesman Andy Brack.

Charleston School of Law officials have said the pass rate among first-time test takers is a key measure. The numbers reported by the S.C. Supreme Court, which administers the bar exam, count new and repeat test takers.

“Any time a relatively new school gets a first-time pass rate of 75%, that’s very good,” Brack said. “But when Charleston School of Law students taking the test for the first time in July got 84%, they hit the ball out of the park.”

Last year’s pass rate among first-time exam takers was 78%.

The pass rate for test takers who graduated from out-of-state law schools was 66%.