Mercer Law School Graduates Pass State Bar Exam in Record Margin

November 10, 2008

David Hefner
Director of Communications and Marketing
Mercer University School of Law
(478) 301-5000

MACON – More than 95 percent of Mercer University School of Law graduates who took the Georgia Bar Examination for the first time in July passed, according to the annual report released Nov. 3 by the Georgia Office of Bar Admissions.

The first-time pass rate of 95.8 percent for Mercer Law School graduates is the highest first-time pass rate at the law school this decade. Since 2001, Mercer’s first-time pass rate has been as high as 94.2 percent. The score this year is a testament to the dedicated faculty and extraordinary law school students who are trained at Mercer, said Dean Daisy Hurst Floyd.

“I am enormously proud of how our graduates performed this year on the state bar examination,” Dean Floyd said. “I am equally proud of our faculty, administration and staff who work tirelessly each day to help our students become exemplary lawyers who will join the legal profession with excellent skills, integrity, and a commitment to service. The fact that our graduates performed so well on the state bar exam is yet another confirmation of the quality of legal education provided at Mercer University School of Law.”

Mercer Law School is ranked among the Top 100 law schools in the United States, and its legal writing program is the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 ranking of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” The law school’s public interest law program was recently ranked No. 6 in the nation by preLaw Magazine.

“We are delighted for all our graduates who passed the bar,” said Mary S. Donovan, assistant dean for student affairs at Mercer Law School. “We look forward to seeing all their good work in practice.”

About the Walter F. George School of Law:
Located in Central Georgia, the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law is among the oldest in the country, founded in 1873. Its innovate Woodruff Curriculum – which focuses on ethics and practical skills amid small class sizes – earned the Gambrell Professionalism Award from the American Bar Association for its “depth of excellence.” With the use of this curriculum, Mercer Law School has developed the nation’s leading legal writing program and is home of the only Legal Writing Institute. With a total enrollment of about 400 students, taught by some of the sharpest legal minds in the country, Mercer Law School is among the nation’s very best.
For more information about Mercer University School of Law, visit our Web site at www.law.mercer.edu or call 478.301.5000.

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