Belmont Law Posts Highest Bar Passage Rate in the State, Top 12 in the Nation

May 2019 graduates achieve 97 percent first-time pass rate; College of Law among nation’s elite on bar exam passage

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Belmont Law is at the top of its class according to July 2019 bar passage results, released today by the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners. Belmont College of Law scored a 97.18% pass rate for first-time test takers with 69 of the 71 recent graduates passing the bar on their first attempt this summer. Belmont soundly bested the statewide average of 80% for first-time pass results. This is the second year in a row that Belmont Law graduates have achieved the highest first-time bar passage rate in the state.

In addition, a report released by Above the Law in partnership with the Themis Bar Review ranked the Top 50 law schools in the country based by first-time bar pass rate for the 2018 calendar year with Belmont ranking No. 12 in the nation with a 93.59% last year. The study indicates that the national average for 2018 for first-time test takers was 74.82%, noting, “For prospective law students, bar exam pass rates should be pretty close to the top of the list of things to research.”

Belmont Law Dean Judge Alberto Gonzales said, “I want to congratulate our graduates who passed the Tennessee Bar exam. Every faculty and staff member at Belmont Law is unequivocally committed to preparing our graduates to be practice-ready attorneys. The consistently successful results posted by our graduates on the bar exam and the College’s strong employment record indicate Belmont Law is succeeding in that mission. I am proud to welcome these new graduates as colleagues in the legal profession.”

Beyond a No. 12 national ranking for bar exam pass rate, Belmont Law’s Class of 2018 also scored a record-breaking employment rate, an impressive 96%. For additional information on the performance of Tennessee law school graduates, details can be found on the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners website.