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July 22, 2014

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UNLV celebrates fourth-best bar exam pass rate in Boyd Law School’s history

Eighty percent of UNLV’s law school graduates passed the state bar exam this year, according to results released recently by the Nevada Board of Bar Examiners.

Of the 96 Boyd Law School graduates who took the Nevada bar exam for the first time in July, 77 passed. Boyd’s 80 percent pass rate marks the school’s fourth-highest first-time pass rate since it was founded in 1998 and is 4 percentage points higher than the state’s first-time pass rate this year.

Boyd officials credited the school’s Academic Success Program for the pass rate. Boyd faculty members helped students and alumni prepare for the bar exam through workshops, mock exams and individual counseling sessions that many commercial bar-preparation programs don’t provide.

“This kind of success is testimony to our students, faculty and our excellent Academic Success Program,” Boyd Law Dean Daniel Hamilton said in a statement. “Our rigorous curriculum prepares students for diverse challenges in practice – and for success on the bar.”

The Nevada bar exam is a three-day assessment that consists of several essay questions and test problems. A successful bar applicant must achieve a total score of 75 points each on the exam and essays.

"Nevada's bar exam is widely regarded as one of the most difficult state bar exams, making these results all the more meaningful," Jennifer Carr, director of Boyd’s academic success program, said in a statement. "Boyd's Academic Success Program is designed to equip students with the information and skills they'll need to pass the bar exam.”

The William S. Boyd School of Law has more than 450 students and offers several juris doctor and dual-degree programs. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the American Association of Law Schools.

CORRECTION: This version corrects an error in UNLV's original press release, which pertained to UNLV's first-time pass rate in comparison to previous years. | (October 29, 2013)

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