Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law graduates recorded a 70.6 percent first-time passage rate on the February 2021 Florida Bar Exam.
Of the 17 FAMU College of Law graduates taking the exam for the first time, 12 passed, according to results released Monday by the Florida Supreme Court.
The February 2021 passage rate represents a 21.9 percentage point increase from the February 2020 pass rate. The overall February 2021 first-time pass rate, which includes all first-time takers and the “Admitted to Practice” examinees, was 62.4 percent. The average pass rate among Florida law schools was 61.3 percent.
“While we are pleased with the great strides in performance on the Florida Bar Exam, we are steadfast in our commitment to support our students and graduates to sustained success on all bar exams,” said Deidré Keller, dean and professor of law.
Individual performance details will not be known until a breakdown of the released bar results are made available to the law school. Afterward, the College will conduct data analysis of those taking the bar exam, including performance based on entering credentials, participation in bar preparation programs, and law school GPA performance, Keller said.
The FAMU Board of Trustees has established a committee to focus on improving the performance of College of Law graduates on the Florida Bar Exam.
Because of the pandemic, the College of Law will not host an oath ceremony. The Supreme Court has provided graduates with specific instructions on how they can participate in an oath of admission process.
The College of Law is scheduled to hold its spring commencement ceremony at 9 a.m., May 10, in Orlando.