Campbell Law ranks 4th among best law schools for passing the bar exam

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RALEIGH — Campbell Law School is the fourth best overall performer in a new longitudinal study of bar passage recently published by Pepperdine University School of Law’s TaxProf Blog. In the op/ed entitled, “The Best Law Schools For Passing The Bar Exam,” Campbell Law is further acknowledged as the only North Carolina law school in the top 15 and the first-place winner for 2017.

“Our goal is to have every student pass the bar exam and we are very intentional about developing our required curriculum with two-thirds focused on areas tested on the bar,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard. “We know we do a good job, but it is nice to have this kind of recognition. If our 2020 bar passage rate of 93 percent would have been included, I think we would have ranked even higher.” 

The study analyzed predicted expectations for bar passage for 187 American Bar Association (ABA) approved law schools for a five-year period between 2015 – 2019. The former founding Dean of Belmont University College of Law Jeffrey Kinsler led the research comparing students’ entering credentials with graduates’ bar results using linear regression models.

Kinsler and his team calculated an average annual rank based on the school’s performance using the following four assessment metrics:

● Median Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and composite average first-time bar passage rate

● Median Undergraduate Grade Point Average (UGPA) and composite average first-time bar pass rate

● Median LSAT and composite average first-time bar pass rate differential

● Median UGPA and composite average first-time bar pass rate differential

Campbell was joined in the top five by: Belmont Law, Florida International University College of Law, Liberty University School of Law and Texas A&M University School of Law.


Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law School has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion, and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. Among its accolades, the school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 4,300 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2021, Campbell Law is celebrating 45 years of graduating legal leaders and 10 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.