February 3, 1998

WSU Law School's African-American graduates excel on Michigan Bar Examination

In an update on the Michigan Bar Examination results, the Wayne State University Law School recently announced that every African-American graduate who took the examination for the first time in July 1997 received a passing score.

Twenty African Americans were part of the 190 first-time takers who passed; African Americans were 10.5 percent of the that group

Dean James Robinson had announced earlier that Wayne State law graduates placed first on the examination with a passing rate of 96 percent for first-time takers and 94 percent for all takers of the July 1997 bar examination, according to figures recently released by the State Board of Law Examiners.

Robinson noted that the African-American student pass rate "reflects the high quality legal education that Wayne State provides and the academic support offered through the Office of Supportive Services (OSS)."

Assistant Dean for OSS Michele Miller says, "We are delighted with these results. They speak to the quality and dedication of our students, including our students of color, and to the programs we have instituted to help them succeed in the study of law."

The results mark the third time in a row that all Wayne State law graduates taking the examination on their first try have finished first or tied for first on the Michigan Bar Examination.

For more information call Assistant Dean James Robb at (313) 577-4834.

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