FSU law grads earn top passing rate on Florida Bar exam

<p>Florida State University College of Law graduates ranked first in the state on the July 2007 administration of the Florida Bar exam. For three of the last four administrations of the exam, FSU graduates have been first in the state.</p>

<p>FSU grads taking the July 2007 General Bar Examination test for the first time passed by a rate of 89 percent, according to statistics released Monday by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The overall passing rate of graduates taking the exam for the first time is 80.4 percent. The exam was administered July 24-25 in Tampa to 2,450 first-time takers, including 164 from FSU.</p>

<p>"We are all thrilled with the record of excellence our students have achieved on the Florida Bar exam," said Dean Don Weidner. "Special congratulations and thanks go to the May 2007 graduates for their superb accomplishment."</p>

<p>Florida State's first-place ranking on the Florida Bar exam comes close on the heels of favorable national rankings for the law school. In its September issue, Hispanic Business magazine named the College of Law the sixth best law school in the nation for Hispanics. Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report ranked the law school's environmental law program 12th in the nation and its tax law program 21st in the nation, tied with Columbia.</p>

<p>See: <a href="http://fsu.edu/news/2007/09/18/bar.exam/%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://fsu.edu/news/2007/09/18/bar.exam/&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Are there any statistics like this for the CPA exam?</p>

<p>Found this: <a href="http://www.cob.fsu.edu/press/accounting_rankings.cfm%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.cob.fsu.edu/press/accounting_rankings.cfm&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>The College of Business graduate accounting program has landed its first ranking in the Public Accounting Report's (PAR) prestigious annual rankings, reflecting the program's increased national prominence and impact. The program is ranked 24th according to PAR's 25th Annual Survey of Accounting Professors which was released on Oct. 30, 2006.</p>

<p>Receiving its second consecutive ranking in the PAR, the College's undergraduate accounting program received the ranking of 25th among public and private institutions.</p>

<p>"It is an honor to be ranked among the best accounting programs in the country," said Bud Fennema, chairman of FSU's accounting department and the University's Ernst and Young Professor of Accounting. "These rankings, coupled with recent high rankings in CPA exam passage, validate the efforts of our faculty and students."</p>

<p>The PAR survey asks accounting professors and department chairs to name the undergraduate and graduate programs that offer degrees in accounting they feel most consistently turn out students capable of someday attaining partner status.</p>

<p>There are approximately 170 colleges and universities in the United States with accredited accounting programs.</p>

<p>Founded in 1950, the FSU College of Business is one of the youngest business schools and is recognized as one of the nation's 10 largest business schools. It is FSU's second largest college with an enrollment of more than 6,300 students, and boasts a distinguished faculty of 115, including a Francis Eppes professor, three university named professors, seven Eminent Scholars and 30 endowed professorships.</p>