Graduates of Baylor University School of Law in Waco barely squeaked by the graduates of the University of Texas School of Law in Austin to take top honors for the percentage of first-time test-takers passing the July 2012 Texas bar exam, according to the Texas Board of Law Examiners (TBLE).
The TBLE in Austin administers the exam and today posted the names of those who passed the July exam on its website. The agency also provides pass-rate data for each of the nine American Bar Association-accredited law schools in Texas.
Of Baylor law graduates, 93 of 99 (93.94 percent) passed the July exam on their initial attempt. Baylor’s percent-passing rate just slightly bested the passing rate of 93.88 percent earned by UT Law’s graduates, 261 of 278 of whom passed on their first try.
The overall passage rate of Texas grads sitting for the exam for the first time in July is 86.49 percent (1,524 of 1,762 graduates). That passage rate is slightly lower than the 88.36 percent (1,511 of 1,710) of first-time Texas law school graduates who passed the exam on their first try in July of 2011.
— Jeanne Graham