Law Students Exceed Expectations

For the second time within two years, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law received the best overall average for the Florida Bar Exam. The school achieved a about 73 percent passing rate on the July 2014 Florida Bar Exam.

FAMU’s passage rate was higher than the state’s overall average of almost 72 percent.

“This shows that FAMU and other HBCUs are capable of not only producing competent professionals, but also exceeding the executions place upon the universities,” Jamilynn Pettiway,, a FAMU law student, .

This is FAMU’s highest July bar passage rate. It comes second to its highest first-time bar passage rate of 82.6 percent in February 2013. Since 2009, the College of Law’s bar passage rate has improved by more than 20 percentage points.

“It makes me very proud to be a student here. I believe our high bar passage rate shows how excellent the college and university both are,” Pettiway said. “I believe the professors do an outstanding job preparing students for the bar and the practice of law after graduation. The professor and the students help foster a diverse learning environment.”

While other law schools experience a decrease in numbers of applications, FAMU College of Law saw an increase by 16 percent during the 2014-2015 school year.

This shows that FAMU is on the move to producing students who are well equipped for their perspective fields said Elmira Mangum, president of the university.

The National Jurist magazine, On Being a Black Lawyer and the Latina/o Student’s Guide to Law Schools all name the college as top rankings amongst law schools. The College of Law is now known as one of the “Top 10 for Diversity” and “Top 10 Best Bargain Law Schools.”

These results solidify the direction we have taken to establish ourselves as the law school of choice said LeRoy Parnell, dean of the FAMU College of Law.