Baylor Law No. 1 in July Texas Bar Exam Results

November 7, 2017

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 7, 2017) – Baylor Law School is again No. 1 among Texas law schools in the state’s bar exam passage rate.

Results of the July 2017 Texas Bar Exam, released Nov. 3, show Baylor Law School with a 92.92 percent pass rate. The state’s overall passage rate among those who took the bar exam for the first time was 76.86 percent.

Texas has 10 law schools, and since 2001, Baylor Law has been No. 1 on 21 of the 33 bar exams given.

July 2017 Texas Bar Exam Results:

1. Baylor University Law School 92.92 percent
2. University of Texas School of Law 91.60 percent
3. Texas Tech University School of Law 87.12 percent
4. University of Houston Law Center 86.14 percent
5. SMU Dedman School of Law 84.95 percent
6. Texas A&M University School of Law 83.45 percent
7. St. Mary’s University School of Law 73.89 percent
8. South Texas College of Law Houston 66.32 percent
9. Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law 63.64 percent
10. UNT/Dallas College of Law 59.32 percent

“This success demonstrates what a combination of dedicated faculty and staff colleagues, all invested in our mission and our students, can enable our talented students to achieve,” said Bradley J.B. Toben, dean and The M.C. & Mattie Caston Professor of Law at Baylor Law School. “We aim to prepare our students for success on the bar exam, but we also aim higher to prepare them for success in their lives and in their professional careers. We are blessed with the privilege of preparing them to serve their clients, their communities and the profession while keeping faith, family and livelihood in proper priority and perspective.”


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.


Established in 1857, Baylor Law School was one of the first law schools in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,400 living alumni. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Baylor Law School has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. The Law School boasts two governors, members or former members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, U.S. ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and members of the Texas Legislature, among its notable alumni. In its law specialties rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor Law’s trial advocacy program as No. 4 in the nation. Baylor Law School is also ranked No. 55 in the magazine’s 2017 edition of "America’s Best Graduate Schools." The National Jurist ranks Baylor Law as one of the "Best School for Practical Training," and No. 4 in the nation in its most recent "Best Law School Facilities" listing. The Business Insider places Baylor Law among the top 50 law schools in the nation. Baylor Law School received the 2015 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, making it only the third law school in the nation to be honored with the award since the award's inception in 1984. Learn more at