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MSU College of Law



October 14, 2011


MSU Law Surpasses Statewide Success Rate on July 2011 Bar Exam

East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University College of Law graduates once again exceeded the statewide pass rate for first-time testers on the Michigan bar examination, according to July 2011 test administration data that was just released.

Pre-appeal results show that 87 percent of MSU Law first-time testers passed the exam, placing the school second among Michigan law schools and significantly above the corresponding statewide rate of 79 percent. MSU Law was one of only two in-state law schools to top the overall rate for new testers.

“We are very proud of our graduates’ hard work and success on the Michigan bar exam,” said Dean Joan Howarth. “These results exemplify the dedication of our faculty and the strength of our curriculum in preparing our students for success in the legal profession.”

MSU Law graduates who passed the exam will be licensed to practice law in the state as soon as they are sworn in and pay their State Bar of Michigan membership dues. Details on a swearing-in ceremony at the Law College will be announced as soon as they are available.

Michigan State University College of Law, a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys, prepares future lawyers to use ethics, ambition, and intellect to solve the world’s problems. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent institution, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law’s commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.


320 Law College Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

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