La Verne Law Grads Score 13 Points Higher Than State Average Among California ABA First-Time Bar Takers

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University of La Verne College of Law first-time bar takers continue to perform significantly above the California American Bar Association average despite declining bar pass rates nationally and statewide. At 67 percent, La Verne ranked 13 points higher than the average for California ABA first-time bar takers, according to February exam results released this week.

“These bar pass results stem from our collective focus on success.” - La Verne Law Dean Gilbert Holmes

Despite the national and statewide trend of declining bar pass rates, the University of La Verne College of Law first time bar takers continue to perform significantly above the California ABA average. At 67 percent, La Verne ranked 13 points higher than California ABA first-time bar takers (54 percent). On the national front, it also surpasses out-of-state ABA first-time bar takers by 26 points (41 percent). In 2014, the College of Law’s first-time bar pass rate was 7 points above the first-time pass rate for all graduates from ABA law schools.

“I am exceedingly proud of the effort and commitment of our graduates and of the faculty, staff and administrators at the College of Law,” said La Verne Law Dean Gilbert Holmes. “These bar pass results stem from our collective focus on success.”

One major factor involved in the success of La Verne Law graduates in passing the bar has been the resources the law school has provided through its Center for Academic & Bar Readiness (CABR). Its customized post-graduation bar review – the Bar Exam Strategic Training (BEST) Program – is available to La Verne Law students at no additional charge.

According to Assistant Dean for CABR Jendayi Saada, La Verne Law’s pass rates are strongly correlated with the level of participation and engagement in BEST by its graduates.

“These bar results for La Verne College of Law are indicative of the skills, abilities, and commitment of our students,” said Saada. “The results show that even in the face of declining bar pass rates across the state and country, La Verne students will rise to the top.”

About the University of La Verne College of Law

Established in 1970, the University of La Verne College of Law has been provisionally approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association effective March 16, 2012. Located in the heart of the city of Ontario, it is the only ABA approved law school in Inland Southern California, which includes eastern Los Angeles County as well as San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

La Verne Law is one of four colleges that make up the University of La Verne, an independent private university founded in 1891. Offering full-time and part-time programs leading to the juris doctor degree, La Verne Law is committed to making legal education relevant and responsive to the needs of the profession and of society. With its innovative flat-rate True Tuition Model offering affordability and accessibility, and its curriculum combining legal theory, lawyering skills, and ethics – all critical to a successful legal career, La Verne Law is positioned to be the nation’s most unique law school.

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