Dean Carole J. Buckner has announced that St. Francis School of Law graduates posted a 66.6% first time pass rate on the July 2017 California State Bar Exam.  The overall average pass rate for the exam was 56% for first time takers and 43% overall.  The entire St. Francis faculty extends their congratulations to students.

St. Francis students outperformed the 62% pass rate of first time takers at California ABA law schools, as well as the 21% first time pass rate at California accredited law schools.  St. Francis’ results exceeded the 26% average first time pass rate for unaccredited distance learning law schools.

Dean Buckner indicated that the reasons for this exceptional performance are many.  She credits the students not only for their intellectual capacity, but also their persistence throughout the four year program.  She also recognized the St. Francis faculty, who bring their tremendous background in the practical aspects of the practice of law into the St. Francis classes.

The program design of St. Francis at St. Francis School of Law is highly effective, with small classes, facilitating a high level of interaction with faculty.  Live classes twice a week keep students engaged, motivated and connected with their fellow students and faculty.  Weekly assignments involving a combination of practical skills and substantive content allow students to learn the law at a pace appropriate for working adults.

Congratulations to our students on this impressive achievement, and we welcome you into the legal profession.