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Belmont Law Graduates Achieve High Bar Exam Pass Rate

Belmont law students sit in the crowd during their hooding ceremony.

The Tennessee Board of Law examiners recently released results from the July 2017 bar exam and Belmont University’s College of Law first-time test takers achieved a 92.5 percent pass rate. This pass rate surpasses the state average 83.1 percent, of all ABA law schools. Belmont marks a three-year pass rate average of 91.1 percent for first-time test takers on the Tennessee bar exam.

Law Dean Alberto Gonzales said, “I have an immense amount of pride in our graduates and I look forward to seeing them assume positions of leadership in our community and across the country.”  Ashleigh Karnell, a Class of 2017 member and law clerk with the firm of Bass, Berry & Sims, said, “I am extremely proud of our class and our bar passage rate. Although, I’m not surprised by our class’s success based upon how hard everyone worked during law school. Congratulations, Belmont Law Class of 2017!”

In addition to Tennessee, members of the Class of 2017 were successful on the state bar exams of Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, South Dakota and Wisconsin, passing at a rate of 100 percent. The overall pass rate for the Class of 2017 is currently 94.4 percent.