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Liberty has best passage rate among Virginia law schools for July Bar Exam

Some representatives of Liberty University School of Law’s 2015 graduating class pose at Commencement. Liberty awarded 60 juris doctor degrees this year

Among all Virginia law schools, Liberty University School of Law graduates had the highest Virginia Bar Exam pass rate among first-time test takers on the July 2015 Bar Examination.

“This achievement by our 2015 graduates is something of which to be very proud,” said B. Keith Faulkner, dean of Liberty’s School of Law. “Liberty Law is a school community focused on excellence and the success of our graduates on the Virginia Bar Exam is evidence of this commitment by students, graduates, faculty, and staff.  It is an exciting time to be a part of Liberty University School of Law and Liberty University.”

According to information published by the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners, 93.33 percent of Liberty’s first-time test takers passed, ahead of Washington and Lee University (91.49 percent), the University of Virginia (89.58), and the College of William & Mary (88.57) graduates. This percentage is nearly 20 points higher than the average passage rate (75.62 percent) in the commonwealth.

Liberty’s overall percentage (77.27), including those retaking the Bar Exam, is also above the commonwealth average (71.05).

“The Virginia Bar exam results reflect a faculty committed to helping students succeed and a willingness to engage in constant self evaluation to improve the delivery of our program of legal education,” said Rena Lindevaldsen, Liberty Law’s associate dean for academic affairs. (Lindevaldsen served as interim dean of the law school from October 20, 2014-Oct. 1, 2015.) “Even more importantly, the success this year in Virginia reflects a student body who trusted their faculty to equip them with the tools to succeed and then dedicated the countless, exhausting hours of study needed to pass.”

  • Also this month, the School of Law’s Moot Court Team was featured in preLaw Magazine and ranked among the top 20 (at No. 11) moot court programs nationally.
   First-time Takers  Percentage  Overall  Percentage
All Virginia Bar Exam Applicants  75.62%  71.05%
Virginia Law Schools:
     Appalachian School of Law  63.16%  50.00%
     College of William & Mary  88.57%  84.21%
     George Mason University  77.78%  73.63%
     Liberty University  93.33%  77.27%
     Regent University  78.95%  74.19%
     University of Richmond  81.48%  80.34%
     University of Virginia  89.58%  89.80%
     Washington and Lee University  91.49%  89.58%