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Orlando, Fla. – Family, friends and law professors assembled with Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law recent graduates in the Ceremonial Moot Courtroom for the seventh College of Law Swearing-In Ceremony on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.
The new attorneys passed the February 2012 Florida Bar Exam, where the overall pass rate for FAMU first-time takers continued to mark improvement: of the 29 General Bar Exam first-time takers, 19 passed. The 65.5 percent passage rate marks the highest February first-time passage rate in FAMU history. Consistent with American Bar Association (ABA) standards, the score is within 15 percent of the overall statewide pass rate of 76.2. The previous FAMU high for February first-time takers was 59 percent in 2008.
The Oath of Attorney was administered by the Honorable Belvin Perry, Jr., Chief Judge, Ninth Judicial Circuit, who encouraged the graduates to support the legacy of FAMU and the College of Law by giving back. At the conclusion of the Oath, College of Law Dean LeRoy Pernell and Alumni Alliance representative Sopi Mitil, Esq., (’11), recognized Judge Perry, who has sworn in nearly 200 College of Law alumni over the last three years. Judge Perry was presented with a commemorative brick that will be installed in the new Walk of Fame section of the FAMU Plaza Walkway. The Honorable Hubert L. Grimes, Circuit Judge, Seventh Judicial Circuit, and College of Law adjunct professor, also provided comments and notarized the new attorney’s paperwork with Judge Perry.
Alicia Jackson, FAMU College of Law Academic Success and Bar Preparation Director, also took part in the ceremony. Jackson oversees the law school's B.E.S.T. (Bar Exam Success Training) program, which helped to drive the increased Bar passing scores among participants.
The B.E.S.T. program was instituted at the College of Law in 2009 to complement commercial programs by incorporating essay writing and multiple-choice exam workshops as well as individual training and structured study plans. The program provides support for bar preparation in any state.
The College of Law will hold the eighth Swearing-In Ceremony in the Fall for graduates who pass the July 2012 Bar Exam. All graduates who plan to sit for the Bar as first-time or repeating takers are encouraged to contact Alicia Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on the B.E.S.T. program and other reputable bar review courses.
Caption: The Honorable Belvin Perry, Jr., Chief Judge, Ninth Judicial Circuit, administers the Oath of Attorney to College of Law graduates who passed the February 2012 Florida Bar Exam.
Caption: College of Law graduates who passed the February 2012 Florida Bar Exam recite the Oath of Attorney at the seventh Swearing-In Ceremony in the Ceremonial Moot Courtroom at the FAMU College of Law.
Caption: New attorneys who graduated from the FAMU College of Law pose with program officials following the Swearing-In Ceremony.
Caption: The Honorable Belvin Perry, Jr., Chief Judge, Ninth Judicial Circuit (left), is presented with a commemorative brick by Dean LeRoy Pernell (right). The brick will be installed at the FAMU Plaza Walkway on the College of Law campus.
Caption: The Honorable Hubert L. Grimes, Circuit Judge, Seventh Judicial Circuit, (left) notarizes documents for a recent College of Law graduate who passed the February 2012 Florida Bar Exam.
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