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School of Law hits 100 percent bar passage rate in Virginia

April 22, 2011

Liberty University School of Law students achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the Virginia Bar Examination in February 2011.

“The extraordinary success on the bar exam is a reflection of the quality of our program,” said School of Law Dean Mat Staver.

The School of Law was founded in 2004 and received full accreditation approval by the American Bar Association Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar — which is recognized as the accrediting agency of law schools by the U.S. Department of Education — in August 2010.

Liberty is the only Virginia school to achieve the 100 percent rate in the state this year. Washington & Lee was at 90 percent; George Mason, 84.8 percent; University of Virginia, 75 percent; and the College of William & Mary, 73.3 percent.

“To lead the entire state in bar pass rates is an incredible achievement,” Staver said. “We are proud of our alumni who have set a high standard. We praise the Lord for this outstanding achievement.”

“Dean Staver and his faculty have continually strived for excellence.  I commend them for their commitment to my father’s philosophy that if it's Christian, it should be better,” said Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr.

With tracks in civil, criminal and constitutional litigation, public policy, media and entertainment, business planning, estate planning, real estate development, and government administration, the school is equipping a generation of Christian leaders with skills that are on par with graduates of the nation’s top law schools.

The School of Law also recently launched a dual degree program, which allows students to obtain a master’s degree along with their law degree. These dual degree options include the Juris Doctorate/M.B.A., JD/M.Div., JD/M.A.R., JD/M.Ed., JD/Ed.S., JD/Ed.D., JD/M.A. in Human Services and JD/M.A. in History.