Washburn University School of Law announces that almost 91 percent of its graduates who took the Kansas Bar exam for the first time in July passed. Washburn Law graduates exceeded the Kansas average pass rate by 6.6 percentage points, scoring 90.7 percent versus the 84.1 percent overall state average for all first-time takers. Of the 54 Washburn Law graduates who took the exam for the first time, 49 passed.
Results for the Missouri July Bar exam were equally impressive for the class of 2016: the first-time takers had a 92 percent pass rate (13 out of 14).
“The foundation for success on the bar exam lies in the rigorous curriculum at Washburn Law,” said Ron Dees, ’09, assistant director of academic skills and bar passage. “That foundation is then built upon by the diligent effort of all individual graduates as they prepare for the bar exam. Their efforts during bar preparation are further supported, as needed, by the bar preparation and academic support programs that our Law School provides.”
Preparation for the bar exam is a process that begins during the first week of classes and continues after graduation. All students have the opportunity to participate in Washburn Law’s free Bar Pass Program, which includes workshops, a bar exam website for resources and information, and individual counseling. Additionally, a course for third-year students, Mastering Legal Analysis, focuses on problem recognition and analysis, and enhances critical reading, thinking, and writing skills to maximize student performance on the bar exam.
“We are very pleased with how our graduates performed on the July Kansas Bar Exam,” said Dean Thomas J. Romig. “Two years ago, we expanded the resources devoted to preparing students for the bar exam, allowing us to give individualized attention to our students and graduates and provide them with the tools needed to successfully pass the bar.”
“As part of the Academic Success/Bar Pass Program at Washburn Law, I work with students while they study for the bar exam to ensure a healthy, productive, successful experience,” said Bo Turney, Assistant Director of Programs and Services. “Our 2016 graduates have proven that a combination of tenacity and creativity yields amazing results. Whether through bar-study workshops or one-on-one coaching, these students took advantage of every resource Washburn Law's Bar Pass Program has to offer. Working with our graduates as they successfully take the final step in their formal legal education has been my privilege."