FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla. – The Florida Bar passage rate for first time test takers was announced on Monday, April 11, 2016 and Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law (SBCL) graduates came in second in the state for the February 2016 test. NSU’s pass rate was 75 percent, placing the college just behind Florida International University and far ahead of the 58.4 percent state average for the exam.
More than 40 SBCL students who passed the Florida Bar exam—both first time and second time testers—participated in a swearing-in ceremony at the NSU Panza Maurer Law Library at Leo Goodwin Hall on campus. “We are very proud of the success of our students,” said Jon Garon, J.D., dean of NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law. “Their results are especially significant at this time when the statewide bar passage rate continues to decline.”
Garon pointed out, “Our faculty and staff have been working diligently with our students both during and after completion of law school to help them realize their potential,” he said. “Our goal is to develop practice-ready lawyers, and results like these clearly demonstrate that we are succeeding.”
Overall, the state average for passing the bar the first time has dropped from 80% to 58.4% in the past three years.