Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law achieved a 56.5 percent passage rate on the February Florida Bar Exam, ranking fourth among all Florida law schools and besting the state average. Of the 23 FAMU graduates who took the exam for the first time in February, 13 passed. The first-time bar passage rate for the eleven Florida law schools and non-Florida law schools was 50.7 percent, excluding the Admitted to Practice category of examinees. The overall bar passage rate, including all first-time takers and the “Admitted to Practice” examinees was 58.4 percent.
“Being ranked fourth in the state for the first time ever is phenomenal,” said A. Felecia Epps, dean of the FAMU College of Law. “We remain dedicated to continuing our progress toward improving the passage rate for our first-time takers.”
The overall February Florida bar exam results reflect an expected “downward trend” across the country, according to the ABA Journal in a recently released article titled, “Multi-state Bar Exam average score falls to 33-year low.” The article noted that the score on the February administration of the Multi-state Bar Examination dropped to 135, down 1.2 points from the previous year and the lowest average score on a February administration of the test since 1983. The multi-state bar exam is administered as part of the bar exam in every state except Louisiana.
The FAMU College of Law will swear in its graduates as members of the Florida Bar on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 during the Oath of Admission Ceremony in the Ceremonial Moot Courtroom of the law school, 201 Beggs Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32801. The Oath of Attorney will be administered by eight judges from the Ninth Judicial Circuit, with Chief Judge Fred Lauten presiding. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.