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FIU, UF Post Best February Bar Passage Rates

Florida International University College of Law

Florida International University College of Law. Photo: J. Albert Diaz

For a second year running, Florida International University law students saw the best passage rate in the state.

FIU test-takers passed the February Florida Bar exam at a rate of 80%, although only ten FIU law students took the exam — the fewest of all schools. FIU also took the top spot last February when twice that number took the test, and it has boasted the best passage rates in seven of the last eight tests.

"Well, we are, of course, delighted. Our graduates work very hard for the exam. And we work to put them in the best possible position to exceed in the exam," said FIU Law School Dean Antony Page. "They received great support from Professor Ruiz, Assistant Dean Schulze and the rest of our faculty."

Right behind FIU is the University of Florida, which saw a 77% passage rate out of 13 students. The high pass rate is a reversal of fortune for the best-ranked school, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings: Last February, UF ranked dead last in passage rates, with only seven of 22 students passing.

The overall rate among all test-takers — including out-of-state law students and attorneys looking to get licensed in Florida — was 57.3%. The figure is just slightly lower than last year's overall passage rate: 57.9%.

Rounding out the bottom of the list is Ave Maria School of Law, with a passage rate of 41.2%. For years, the school was embroiled in an accreditation spat over its admission standards and bar passage rates. The school was deemed accreditation compliant in February of last year.

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