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Willamette Leads Northwest Schools in Bar Passage 9

Chart 2: Bar Passage in Oregon (First-Timers) 90

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Bar Passage in Washington (First-Timers) 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

1 Chart 3: Bar Passage in Oregon (First Timers and Repeaters)

Chart 4: Bar Passage in Washington (First-Timers) 84

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WUCL ALL OTHERS

WUCL 80.8%

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Wash. Avg. 79.2%

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Willamette graduates have consistently exceeded the state average on the Washington State Bar exam as well. Our average passage rate for first-time takers throughout the last four years is 80.8 percent — almost two points higher than the state average. See chart 4. Among first-time takers of the 2007 exam, 85.2 percent of WUCL students passed. The state average was 79.8 percent.

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students who took the Oregon bar exam for the second time have passed at higher rates, which helped keep the overall WUCL rate above the state average. See chart 3.

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77.4% Oregon Avg. 74.2%

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Willamette’s second-time takers also have fared better during the last few years. Since 2004,

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72% In all five summer Oregon State Bar exams administered since 2003, WUCL graduates who 70% took the exam for the first time passed at higher Bar PassageWUCL in Oregon rates than all other exam takers. Equally notable, 68.5% 68% 11 (First-Timers and Repeaters) Willamette’s average for the five-year period was 13.3 points higher than for the previous 66% Avg. 1998 – 2002 Avg. 2003 – 2007 five-year period. See chart 1.

In 2004, our graduates passed at a rate of 84.9 percent — 13 points above the average for all other exam takers. This marked Willamette’s highest margin from the state average since 1980. In 2007, our passage rate was 86.4 percent, the second highest margin for the same 27-year period. See chart 2.

WUCL ALL OTHERS

WUCL 81.8%

81.4%

Chart 1: Bar Passage in Oregon (Five-Year Averages)

75.9%

Seven years ago, the Willamette law faculty adopted a series of new and more rigorous academic standards designed to increase the academic prowess and achievement of students. the new measures began producing significant and immediate results, as evidenced by our students’ heightened success on the oregon and Washington state bar exams.

Bar Passage in Oregon (First-Timers)

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WUCL 64.7%

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