Rising three percentage points from last year, Albany Law School’s pass rate for first-time test takers for July 2012 was 81.5 percent, up from 78.2 percent last year. The passage rate for first-time test takers of all ABA-accredited law schools in New York is 84.6 percent, down from last year’s rate of 86.3 percent.
“The improvement is significant and indicates that we are moving in the right direction,” said Penelope (Penny) Andrews, President and Dean of Albany Law School. “Our passage rate is up and we are closer to the state average than we were last year. The students worked very hard and our faculty are very proud of them.”
Dean Andrews credited Connie Mayer, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, for her leadership as Interim Dean last year before Dean Andrews took the new post on July 1.
“Thank you to the faculty as well who continue to demand the best of our students, and who have made success on bar passage a priority for us,” Dean Andrews said.
Dean Andrews said that the focus for the Class of 2012 bar passers will shift to helping them secure employment, and to help those who did not pass the bar have success on the February 2013 exam.