Albany Law School will be closed today until 4pm due to the weather.
The bar passage rate for Albany Law School’s class of 2016 first-time test-takers of the July 2016 bar exam was 83%. This represents an increase of 14.5% from last year’s rate. The percentage of the class who passed the bar is above the average pass rate for the 15 law schools in New York State.
“The credit goes to our hard working students,” said Alicia Ouellette, president and dean. “They should be proud of all the preparation they did this summer, as well as throughout three rigorous years of law school. This is a major milestone in their career as lawyers and leaders.”
Dean Ouellette also recognized the work the faculty did to prepare students for the exam. “This is a faculty that cares about its students, and the results this year demonstrates our commitment to students.” She referred to weekend review sessions, one-on-one bar coaching, academic advising, and further integrating bar preparation throughout the curriculum. “This was an effort by the entire school.”
She added, “As a law school, our work will not be complete until all of our students pass the bar. We intend to work with those who did not pass to prepare them for the next bar exam, which includes examining where the common weak spots were. We know that if our students can successfully earn a juris doctor at Albany Law School, they can pass the bar.”