DARTMOUTH — The UMass School of Law ranked third among Massachusetts law schools less than two years after receiving full American Bar Association accreditation, according to the latest results from the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners.
On the July Exam, UMass Law’s pass rate was 92.6 percent for first-time test takers, according to a news release. This was third behind Harvard University and Boston University among the nine law schools in Massachusetts. The state average was 78.9 percent.
“For the past year, we have seen our students rank higher and higher on bar pass rates, job placement rates, and pro bono efforts, which are powerful indicators of the quality and impact of the education they are receiving,” UMD Chancellor Robert E. Johnson said in a statement. “At UMass Law, we are creating high quality and affordable opportunities for people to enter the legal profession with a community-focused mindset.”
The UMass School of Law was established in 2010 and earned full ABA accreditation in 2016. The school ranks 4th in Massachusetts and Rhode Island behind just Harvard, Boston College, and Northeastern in the percentage of its 2017 graduates securing a job that either requires bar passage or for which attending law school is a genuine demonstrable advantage.
“These bar exam results are a reflection of the deep talent and genuine commitment of the law school’s faculty and staff,” UMass Law Dean Eric Mitnick said in a statement. “Ultimately, though, it is the students who put in the long hours preparing for and then sitting for the exam. I am so proud of our students.”
UMass Law operates Justice Bridge, a law practice incubator in New Bedford and Boston that matches recent law graduates with seasoned mentors to provide legal services to individuals who otherwise could not afford representation. Since 2014, Justice Bridge has served thousands of modest means clients in housing, family, and immigration cases.