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This year’s overall passage rate for Willamette’s first-timer takers and repeaters was 83.1 percent — the school’s highest overall passage rate since 1995 (88.6 percent) (chart 2).

2008

Although Willamette’s average passage rate for the first five years Among Willamette’s first-time takers, 89.2 percent passed the July of the decade was below the state average (70.3 percent vs. 75.4 2008 examination. The state passage rate for all first-time takers percent), the school’s average passage rate increased to 83.8 was 81.4 percent (chart 1). Willamette’s 2008 passage rate for firstpercent in the last five-year period (chart 3). Willamette’s passage time takers was the highest since 1995 (90.7 percent) and almost rate increased by 13.5 percentage points during the five-year three points higher than last year (86.4 percent). 9 Bar Passage in Oregonperiod, (First-Timers) Passage in Oregon (First-Timers) while the state average rose by less than three points.

Chart 2 First-Time Takers and Repeat Takers

Chart 1 First-Time Takers

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Chart 3 Five-Year Average Passage Rates

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This summer, Willamette University College of Law 60 graduates surpassed their peers in Oregon State Bar examination 55 consecutive year. 2006 2007 2008 passage for the sixth

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Willamette Leads the State (Again) in Bar Passage

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MAJOR NEWS

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“Congratulations to the graduates of the Class of 2008 for their outstanding performance on the Oregon State Bar examination. Their ability to outpace others in the state is a direct result of the hard work of our students and the law school faculty. Let’s keep up the good work.” – Dean Symeon C. Symeonides

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Willamette Lawyer | Fall 2008 • Vol. VIII, No. 2