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Summer 2003
Texas Bar Exam Statistics
For Graduates of Texas Law Schools

Texas 
Law School

Taking

Passing

Pass Rate

First-Timers
Taking

First-Timers
Passing

First-Timers
Pass Rate

Repeaters
Taking

Repeaters
Passing

Repeater Pass Rate

Baylor 

115

109

94.78%

107

102

95.33%

8

7

87.50%

St. Mary's 

227

145

63.88%

160

119

74.37%

67

26

38.81%

South Texas 

308

222

72.08%

249

194

77.91%

59

28

47.46%

SMU

213

191

89.67%

197

182

92.39%

16

9

56.25%

TSU

176

82

46.59%

117

59

50.43%

59

23

38.98%

Texas Tech

192

167

86.98%

177

159

89.83%

15

8

53.33%

Texas Wesleyan

129

92

71.32%

102

80

78.43%

27

12

44.44%

U. of Houston

225

198

88.00%

213

190

89.20%

12

8

66.67%

U. of Texas

357

327

91.60%

347

323

93.08%

10

4

40.00%

Overall

1,942

1,533

78.94%

1,669

1,408

84.36%

273

125

45.79%

 

 

Almost three-fourths of St. Mary's
law grads pass latest state bar exam

Associated Press
November 7, 2003

Law graduates of St. Mary's University have demonstrated the greatest improvement in bar exam scores among the state's nine law schools, according to the Texas Board of Law Examiners.

July bar results released Wednesday by the Austin-based board show that almost three-fourths of the St. Mary's law school graduates who took the state bar exam for the first time passed, marking the school's highest passage rate in five years.

Across the state, 1,669 people took the exam for the first time in July, with 1,408 or 84 percent passing, the board of law examiners said. Last February, only 347 law graduates took the bar exam, with 269 or 77 percent passing.

According to the July bar results, St. Mary's improved more than 18 percentage points from the previous testing period in February and by 13 percentage points from a year earlier.

"I don't think this is the best it's going to get," law school Dean Bill Piatt told the San Antonio Express-News in Thursday's editions, "but it is an indication that what we are doing is working."

He said the turnaround resulted primarily from stressing coursework that covers the most material tested on the exam, which is required for licensure as an attorney.

In February, only 56 percent of the first-time test-takers passed. In July 2002, 61 percent of St. Mary's law school grads passed.