Fordham Law

Fordham Law Graduates Rank High in Bar Passage Rate

December 6, 2008

Ninety-five percent of Fordham Law graduates passed the New York State bar examination in July, placing the school in the top four of all New York law schools. This year's performance marks a 6% increase for Fordham Law over last year's statistic and places the school 5% above the state average in first-time bar passage.

"Our students are intelligent, dedicated, hard working individuals," said Dean William Michael Treanor. "They achieve much during their time at Fordham Law, so it comes as no surprise that they do so well on the bar exam. We are all very proud of their accomplishments."

Fordham Law ranks fourth in the state, just behind Cornell, Columbia, and NYU, and no school in the state had a bigger jump in the bar passage success rate this year than Fordham. In a recently published article in the New York Law Journal, Dean Treanor discusses various initiatives the school has developed to assist students taking the bar, including more counseling for 1-Ls, increased bar exam preparation courses, and the creation of a stress workshop.

"Stress is a very big part of the problem" for failing bar candidates, Dean Treanor said in the Law Journal article. "Any help we can provide our students makes a big difference in their careers."