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MAY 13, 2813
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TEUS UWYER

Baylor, Texas Tech, Top Bar Exam Pass Rates
by JEANNE GRAHAM
jgraham@alm.com

LAw

TEXAS

@jeannegraham

Baylor University School of Law and
Texas Tech University School of Law took
first and second place, respectively, for
the percentage of graduates passing the
FebruaryTexas bar exam on their first try.
South Texas College of Law graduates Iillian Marullo
and John
Hoover
earned the first and
second highest scores
on the exam, respectively, according to the
Texas Board of Law
Examiners.
Marullo was overJUlian Marullo
seas but answered
questions via email. [See -rop Scorer on

February
2013 Total
Taking
Test

February
2013 Totel
Passing
Test

February
2013
Percent
Pessing

February
2012
Percent
Passing

February
2011
Percent
Pessing

45

43

95.56

92.59

93.48

St. Mary's University School of Law

48

36

75.00

66.13

96.67

South Texas College of Law
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

115

98

85.22

78.31

82.30

26

19

73.08

90.63

88.24

Texas Tech University School of Law

22

21

95.45

80.95

86.36

Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law

21

14

66.67

44.44

76.47

Texas Wesleyan University School of Law

53

47

88.68

68.89

86.44

University of Houston Law Center

29

26

89.66

77.14

90.70

University of Texas School of Law

22

19

86.36

76.47

100

Overall

381

323

84.78

76.57

87.89

School
Baylor University School of Law

Note: Results are for first-time test-tskers

Bar Exam Gives Best Practices, • this page).
Hoover, who begins work on May 14
as an assistant Kerr County district attorney in Kerrville, says that the bar exam
was "pretty much all I
thought about" for the
six weeks leading up
to the exam. During
that time he said he
prepared by studying
from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
daily.
"It was such a huge
John Hoover
deal in becoming an
attorney," he says. "Having a job lined up,
I didn't want to risk failing and losing ajob
at the DA's office."

SCHOOL PASS RATES

Source:

Iexss

who are Texas law school graduates.

Board of Law Examiners

Hoover says he was "cautiously optimistic" when talking with friends after
completing the two-and-a-half-day exam.
"To tell you the truth, I felt like I probably did enough to pass," Hoover says.
"I didn't feel like I did the second best in
the state."

SChOOl ShoWInIIS
Baylor again tops the list with percentage of graduates that pass the exam. This
year 95.56 percent (43 of 45) test-takers
passed. Second place in the state were
graduates of Texas Tech with 95.45 percent (21 of22) test-takers pas ing on their

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TEXAS

ACADEMY OF DISTINGUISHED NEUTRALS

Find an experienced neutral
or check date availability for free at
www. TexasNeutrals.org~

first try. (See chart "Texas Law School Pass
Rates,' this pagel.
Among the nine American Bar
Association-accredited Texas law schools,
Baylor often has the highest percentage of
graduates passing the test on their first try.
The Texas bar exam is administered twice
each year, in February and July.
The July results could be viewed as
a tronger mea ure of a law school's
ability to prepare students for the exam
because more graduates take the exam in
July (1,762 Texas graduat s in July 2012)
compared with the 381 Texas law school
graduate who were first-time test-takers

jillian Marullo earned the wp score
on the Texas February bar exam and is a
December 2012 graduate of South Texas
College of Law. Marullo begins work as an
associate with Lislww & Lewis in Houston
on May 14. Texas Lawyer editor jeanne
Graham emailed Marullo questions about
the bar exam, which Marullo ansueredfrom
Paris, where she was visiting friends. Her
answers are below, editedfor length and style.
Texas ~

When you completed
the two-and-a-half-dayTexas bar exam in
February, were you confident that you
had passed?
Jillian Maru1Io: I was too exhausted and
hungry to feel confidenL Looking back, I
suppose I was confident that I had passed,
otherwise I probably would not have sold
back my bar review books.

TomCOLUNS
AUSTIN (512) 474-2744

Daniel DUCOTE
BEAUMONT (409)981-1022

Nancy HUSTON
HOUSTON (713) 546-3590

11: What was your first thought when
Texas Supreme Court justice Don Willett
called to congratulate you on getting the
highest score on the exam?
Marullo: My first thought There is such
a thing as the top scorer? Second thought
How much is this call going to cost me in
international roaming charges?

WiIlPRYOA
DALlAS (469) 374-0222

John SPEctA,Jr.
SAN ANTONIO(210) 734-7092

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11: What would you do differently, in
terms of preparing for the exam or on the
exam days, if you were to take the exam
. ?

again:

Marullo: I would have completely ignored

in February 2013.
'This is the credential they need to
go out and work; they need to have that
license to practice," says Texas Tech Law
Dean Darby Dickerson. "90 percent of our
graduates stay in Texas, and so the Texas
bar [exam] is a main focus."
The law school's long-term goal is to
rank consistently among the top three
schools in the state, Dickerson says.
"Baylor always does so well on the
exam," she says. "I really think we should
always be in the top three. I would like to
be No.1 a few times. Baylor has been No.
1 for a long time."
IIlI:JI

the Rule Against Perpetuities, and I would
have taken Payment Systems in law school
to avoid the unnecessary stress of cramming for the Commercial Paper essays.
11:What was the best advice you received
about preparing for or taking the exam?
Marullo: Study for the bar as if it's a fulltime job. If you try to study more than 8-10
hours at a time, you will lose your ability to
learn and retain information. Other invaluable advice I received: find a schedule that
works for you and stick to it, eat healthy,
get a good night's sleep, take frequent
breaks, sociaIize with humans outside of a
computer screen, and don't stress!
11: Who gave you that advice?
Marullo: Professor [W. David] East from
South Texas College of Law gave me the
idea to treat studying like a full-time job.
Several friends and family members gave
me advice, including my boyfriend, Aaron
Mireles, my father, Sam Marullo, and my
friends Jessica Kasischke and Gaston
AzubeJ.Goldstein.
11: What are you doing in France?
Marullo: I am in Paris with my boyfriend
visiting our good friends who live here.
My parents surprised me with the trip at
my graduation party by handing me an Air
France paper airplane ... after handing me
my car and health insurance bills.
- JEANNE GRAHAM


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