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Long Island Law School Graduates Bomb Bar Exam

October 31, 2018 - 2:35 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A law school on Long Island is working to improve its program after learning that more than half of the recent graduates failed the July bar exam.

In fact, only 48 percent of the Touro Law Center graduated who took the bar exam for the first time were able to pass, according to a Newsday report.

Harry Ballan, a law professor and dean at the college in Central Islip addressed the statistic and vowed that the school would do better.

“This is not acceptable,” Ballan wrote in the letter to Newsday. “The faculty and I have begun to implement extensive reforms involving changes in the classroom, curriculum and culture of the school. We expect these changes to be reflected favorably in future results.”

In July, Touro had 105 students take the bar exam for the first time.

In New York State, 81 percent of law students pass the exam on their first attempt. The state exam is typically given in February and July.

The Touro Law Center is accredited by the American Bar Association.