UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA SCORES HOLD STEADY
The Charleston School of Law (CSOL) saw its passing percentage on the July bar exam dip from 65.3 percent last year to 57.4 percent this year, according to results released late Friday by the S.C. Supreme Court.
A total of 62 out of 108 CSOL graduates passed the exam this summer – compared to 98 of 150 a year ago. CSOL posted a 72.6 percent passage rate two years ago.
Frankly, these declines are understandable given the turmoil the school has experienced over that time period. In fact we’re not at all surprised to see scores down this year because this group of test-takers experienced multiple transfers during the peak of the school’s drama.
Meanwhile, 128 of 159 University of South Carolina law school graduates (or 80.5 percent) passed the exam – up modestly from last year’s 79.7 percent but down from an 82.5 percent passage rage in 2013.
The largest group of test takers – graduates of other law schools – saw their numbers go up, too. A total of 165 took this year’s exam – with 119 passing. That 72.1 percent passage rate was an improvement over last year’s 68.8 percent performance.
South Carolina’s bar exam – administered twice annually – has been marred by controversy in previous years. In fact eight years ago the Supreme Court threw out an entire section of the exam – part of an alleged effort to artificially raise the passage rate for CSOL.
To view this year’s results for yourself, click on the link below …