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Wayne Law bar exam passage rate climbs

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Wayne State University Law School’s Michigan bar exam passage rate for the February 2014 exam has surpassed its passage rate for last year’s February exam, the university announced this week.

The 76 percent rate is six points higher than Wayne Law’s February 2013 passage rate of 70 percent (after appeals), and higher than this year’s state average of 64 percent. The rate is before appeals, so it could be higher once decisions on appeals are made.

Wayne Law’s passage rate is six points higher than Michigan State University’s passage rate (70 percent), and second only to the University of Michigan’s (85 percent). For first time bar exam takers, Wayne Law graduates’ passage rate was 87 percent, again second only to the University of Michigan (91 percent). Repeat bar examinees from Wayne Law had a 70 percent passage rate, the highest in the state.

Wayne Law Dean Jocelyn Benson said she’s encouraged by the good news and pleased to see that the law school’s commitment to offer extra help to graduates taking the test is showing results.

“Last year, we hired a director of bar preparation to offer additional assistance to alums preparing for the test,” Benson said. “We have more plans in the works and are thrilled to begin to see the positive results of our initiatives.”