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UMass Law School
October 13, 2018

UMass Law rises to third in Massachusetts Bar pass rate


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92.6 percent pass rate demonstrates success since 2016 ABA accreditation of the only public law school in the Commonwealth

According to the latest results from the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners, the UMass Dartmouth-based UMass School of Law ranked third among Massachusetts law schools less than two years after receiving full American Bar Association accreditation.

On the July 2018 Massachusetts Bar Exam, UMass Law’s pass rate was 92.6 percent for first-time test takers, a key metric in assessing the quality of a school’s academic program. This was third behind only Harvard University and Boston University among the nine law schools in Massachusetts. The state average was 78.9 percent.

“These are incredible results, but as important is that UMass Law is ranked first in Massachusetts for percentage of graduates who become public servants,” said UMass President Marty Meehan. “UMass Law is committed to educating attorneys who are making a difference in their communities.”

“For the past year we have seen our students rank higher and higher on bar pass rates, job placement rates, and pro bono efforts, which are powerful indicators of the quality and impact of the education they are receiving,” UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Robert E. Johnson said. “At UMass Law, we are creating high quality and affordable opportunities for people to enter the legal profession with a community-focused mindset.”

“These bar exam results are a reflection of the deep talent and genuine commitment of the law school’s faculty and staff,” UMass Law Dean Eric Mitnick said. “Ultimately, though, it is the students who put in the long hours preparing for and then sitting for the exam. I am so proud of our students.”