In 2011, eight of New York’s 15 law schools posted improved bar pass rates compared with the year before. According to a New York Law Journal article, this year, eight of these 15 schools reported lower rates.
The most dramatic plunge was reported by New York Law School which experienced a 70% pass rate in July. Last year the school’s pass rate was 80%. This drop pushed New York Law to last place ranking among NY’s law schools, following Touro Law Center (#14 this year and #9 last year) by a full percentage point. This year, Touro experienced the second largest percentage decline, from 83% last year to 74% this year.
New York Law has established a “task force” called “Foundations for Success,” an 11-member committee that will prepare students better for the bar exam (including individualized coaching), as well as provide counseling support.
City University of New York School of Law increased its pass rate from 67% to 83.5%, bringing its ranking up to 7th place. Last year the school ranked last of the 15 schools.
Other New York law schools that experienced pass rate increases include Fordham University School of Law, Albany Law School, the Maurice A. Dean School of Law at Hofstra University, and Pace Law School. Columbia and Cornell Law Schools remained the same from last year.
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