DARTMOUTH, Mass.—UMass School of Law officials say 78 percent of its graduates who took the state bar exam in July passed, a rate on par with many of the state's private schools.
UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean MacCormack called the passing rate an important step toward accreditation by the American Bar Association. Twenty-one of 27 graduates who took the exam passed.
That rate was significantly lower at the school known as the Southern New England School of Law before it became part of the UMass system last year. A spokesman told The Standard-Times (http://bit.ly/tqnqQJ) UMass toughened admissions requirements and strengthened bar exam preparation.
The goal is to earn provisional accreditation by June and full accreditation within five years.
The law school is looking for a new dean after Robert Ward stepped down last month.
Information from: The Standard-Times, http://www.southcoasttoday.com