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Congratulations to our July 2017 Ohio Bar Passers!

10/27/2017  -  Capital University Law School is delighted to congratulate all of our graduates who passed the July, 2017, administration of the Ohio Bar Exam!

Overall, 68% of the Capital graduates who were taking the exam for the first time in July passed, while 60% of all Capital graduates who took the exam in July passed.

“Capital’s faculty, staff and alumni congratulate those graduates who were successful on the July exam,” said Dean Rachel M. Janutis. “The results reflect the hard work and dedication of our students.”

“Capital is committed to the success of all students and will continue to work with those graduates who were unsuccessful on the July 2017 administration to help them prepare for success on the next test,” Dean Janutis added.

Professor Yvonne Twiss, Director of Bar Services, also extended her congratulations.

“Members of the class of 2017 worked very hard to pass the bar exam, which is no small feat,” she said. “These graduates should be very proud of everything they have accomplished.”

Preparing our students to pass the bar exam remains a key component of our long-term strategic plan. Capital faculty members begin introducing key bar skills in the first year of instruction. This continues throughout law school through a variety of initiatives. For example, our Bar Services and Academic Success Program faculty work together to provide a coordinated approach to bar-relevant skills. We also offer two for-credit courses – Advanced Bar Studies and Core Bar Studies – which allow students to begin preparing for the exam before receiving their J.D. degrees.

This year, beginning prior to the 2017 graduation ceremony and continuing until the exam in July, Capital’s Bar Services offered substantial support for students preparing for the Bar. This included, among other things, practice exams, substantive strategy/Q&A sessions led by Capital faculty, and access to the Alumni Bar Material TWEN page, which contains the Core Bar Studies Lecture Series – a collection of videos featuring Capital faculty discussing substantive areas of law tested on the Bar.

For those of our graduates who did not pass the bar exam, the Law School stands ready to continue providing support to help them ultimately succeed. In recent years, these efforts have helped nearly all of our graduates to ultimately pass the Ohio bar exam. For example, nearly 90% of the Law School’s May 2015 graduates who took the Ohio bar twice had passed by their second attempt. Nearly 97% of the Law School’s May 2014 and May 2013 graduates who took the Ohio bar twice had passed by their second attempt.

We are pleased that our 2017 group of bar passers will join a large and well-regarded community of Capital University Law School graduates who are licensed in Ohio.