Before arriving in Syracuse to pursue a master of laws degree, Carla Villarreal Lopez L’17 was already an experienced human rights lawyer. In her native Peru she served as a commissioner at the Ombudsman’s Office, as well as a professor…
College of Law New York Bar Exam Pass Rate is Highest in Decades
Syracuse University College of Law graduates who took the New York State Bar Exam for the first time in July 2017 achieved a 91.6 percent pass rate. That mark represents a two-decade high, and an increase of more than two percentage points over the college’s 2016 pass rate. It is also well above the statewide median pass rate of 85 percent for New York law schools.
“We are pleased that our graduates continue to excel on the New York State Bar Exam,” says Dean Craig M. Boise. “For the second year in a row, our graduates have delivered the best results in decades, and we are proud of their accomplishment. Their hundreds of hours of study and preparation are complemented by our dedicated faculty, supportive staff and well-designed program of education. In particular, our new structured curriculum has proven to be a key to success on the bar exam, passage of which is essential to the practice of law.
“To sustain this kind of excellent performance,” continues Boise, “our faculty will continue to review our curriculum and our bar support programs to ensure we are employing instructional methods—from matriculation through graduation—that best prepare and support our students to launch successful professional careers.”