UGA law school grads record highest state bar passage rate for sixth consecutive year

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Athens, Ga. –The University of Georgia School of Law announces that for the sixth consecutive year, its graduates achieved the highest bar examination passage rate for first-time takers in the state of Georgia for the July sitting. 

“The faculty, staff and I are incredibly proud of our students for their hard work,” School of Law Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge said. "Our primary focus at the School of Law has been – and remains – to provide our students with first-rate legal training so they can become future leaders of state and society.” 

 “I'd like to thank the law school’s Bar Passage Working Group – led by Bar Exam Success Programming Director Tony Waller – and our Bar Exam Success Team (BEST) for their innovative work in this field,” Rutledge said. “Special thanks also go to the law school's generous alumni and alumnae who invested in a bar preparation stipend program, run by Tony and the BEST team, to support those in need.”

 This achievement closely follows the School of Law’s recent back-to-back ranking as the best value in legal education in the country. This National Jurist ranking is based on outcome-driven metrics such as bar passage and employment rates as well as average indebtedness, tuition and cost of living.

 “The School of Law strives to be the best return on investment in legal education,” Rutledge said. “Bar passage success is an essential element of this vision. We are very proud of these students for their achievement and look forward to celebrating their professional successes.”

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UGA School of Law
Recognized as the best value in legal education in back-to-back years, the School of Law is also consistently regarded as one of the top law schools in the nation. Since 1859, the school has been preparing the next generation of legal leaders. It currently offers three degrees – the Juris Doctor, the Master of Laws and the Master in the Study of Law. The school’s accomplished faculty includes nationally and internationally renowned scholars, and its more than 10,500 living graduates are leading figures in law, business and public service throughout the world. Connecting students to these thought leaders and opportunities to serve state and society is central to the school’s mission. For more information, see www.law.uga.edu.