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Bar pass rate outpaces state average; New England Law | Boston among Commonwealth’s highest scorers

(Boston, 10/25/13) New England Law | Boston:  The verdict is in and the results are conclusive: New England Law | Boston offers a highly effective program of legal education. Results from this summer’s Massachusetts bar examination reveal that among New England Law students taking the exam for the first time, 91.4 percent passed the test, exceeding the statewide average and ranking closely with the Commonwealth’s most elite law schools. 

Professor Caryn Mitchell-Munevar and students Professor Caryn Mitchell-Munevar and students
New England Law was one of only four Massachusetts law schools whose graduates cleared the 90 percent or better threshold on their first try on the July exam; the others were Harvard, Boston University, and Boston College. The outstanding achievement is part of an enduring trend of success, as New England Law graduates have averaged a 90 percent pass rate over the last five years.
 
“These results continue the law school’s stellar performance on the Massachusetts bar exam,” said Dean John F. O’Brien. “They strongly confirm the excellence of our academic program, the ability and commitment of our faculty, and the preparation and dedication of our students.”
 
Dean O’Brien saluted faculty members, who are as deeply committed to students’ personal development and career success as they are to innovative scholarship and professional leadership. He extended particular thanks and recognition to Professor Robert Coulthard, director of the law school’s Bar Examination Preparation Program.
 
Professor Robert Coulthard Professor Robert Coulthard
 
A core of required courses and approximately 150 electives gives New England Law | Boston students opportunities to pursue specific areas of the law that they feel most passionate about.
 
Extensive clinical programs, internships, externships, and real-world projects within the school’s four academic centers—the Center for Business Law, the Center for International Law and Policy, the Center for Law and Social Responsibility, and the Center for Public Health and Tobacco Policy—help students bring their knowledge to the front lines of practice.
 
The bar examination evaluates a student’s ability to analyze and synthesize problems, apply correct legal standards, and write essays proposing appropriate outcomes.  All of the course material and knowledge gained during law school may be tapped as part of the comprehensive assessment.


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