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News Clips 04/19/2013
EDITORIAL: FAMU celebrates Bar exam passing rate
Source: Tallahassee Democrat, 04/18/13
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There’s nothing like a little good news to lift the spirits.
The Florida A&M University College of Law got that good news this week, with the announcement that the first-time passing rate of the law school’s students on the Florida Bar exam beat the state average.
It’s the first time the law school has managed that. In seeing 19 of 23 students pass the February exam (82.6 percent), FAMU topped five other schools — including the University of Florida. And it was good news all around for Tallahassee, as Florida State was No. 1, at 96 percent.
There’s no denying that the FAMU College of Law has had its problems — or that this can help its current situation.
Of course, the biggest blow came when the school was closed in 1968. But it got a second life in 2000, when the Legislature voted to reopen the law school — this time, in Orlando. It started accepting students in 2002 and received provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association in 2004.
But getting full accreditation wasn’t easy. The ABA was highly critical of the law school just one year before it received full accreditation in 2009.
There still are issues. For example, the National Law Journal lists the FAMU law school 20th nationally in the percentage of graduates who have not found a job after nine months. The FAMU unemployment rate was 20 percent.
Then, this year, the ABA cast the law school’s reaccreditation into doubt with another critical report. After a visit last year, it said the school was “well positioned to thrive” but found problems in academics as well as the high percentage of students who did not graduate or pass the Bar exam.
FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson said the law school has made many improvements since that 2012 visit, and the latest news on the Bar exam certainly won’t hurt.
“This news could not have come at a better time,” Dr. Robinson said. “The examination results clearly demonstrate that the right steps are being taken to ensure that our law students are prepared to enter their profession.”
Those who passed the exam at FAMU will be back at the Orlando campus on Monday for the law school’s ninth oath of admission ceremony. It will be a proud day for the students and the school. May it also be a celebration of great days to come.