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News Posted on June 25, 2013

King Hall Strengthens Bar Preparation Program

UC Davis School of Law has long held a reputation for outstanding bar passage rates. Now, building upon this legacy of excellence, the School of Law is strengthening its Academic Success Program (ASP) and enhancing bar preparation resources to give students and new graduates their best opportunities for continued success.

Dean Kevin R. Johnson said  the expansion is an example of the ways in which professional fees received by the School of Law are put to use in programs that directly benefit students.  Expansion of the Academic Success Program comes as part of a process that has also resulted in increased financial aid, scholarships, and student services.

UC Davis School of Law already offers one of the most comprehensive bar preparation programs in the country, with innovative courses, workshops, and writing programs for students and new graduates. These outstanding programs have contributed to King Hall's excellent bar exam pass rate, which, through the years has consistently outperformed by a substantial margin the average pass rate for American Bar Association-approved law schools in California.

"Students are always our first priority at UC Davis School of Law," said Dean Johnson.  "King Hall's bar preparation program offers expert instruction and valuable one-on-one support to hone their exam-taking skills. It is our goal to enable every one of them to pass the exam on their first attempt."

New for this summer is an enhanced bar writing program for recent graduates in which a professional bar exam tutor and former bar grader offers special instruction on essay writing to new graduates. The instructor provides guidance on writing strategies and subject matter, tutors students in one-on-one sessions, and grades and provides feedback on timed essays.

UC Davis School of Law's bar preparation program also includes:

Bar skills courses that may be taken during a law student's third year.

The "Passing the Bar" workshop series, taught by experts on the California bar exam, including veteran instructors from the leading bar review programs Kaplan and BarBri. Workshops also feature substantive law lectures by King Hall's nationally renowned faculty on topics including evidence, contracts, property, and other bar subjects.

An Academic Success Program that keeps running through the summer. A hallmark of King Hall's uniquely supportive environment, ASP staff and faculty are available year-round to answer exam-takers' questions on bar subjects.

Special presentations, such as a Q&A session hosted by recent King Hall graduates who have passed the bar.

 A limited number of discounted and free commercial bar prep courses (a value up to $4,000) for students who participate in early bar programming.

"I'm thankful to the Law School for providing essential resources for new graduates that help prepare us for the bar exam," said Saba Shatara '13. "Through King Hall's Academic Success Program, I've received valuable one-on-one essay feedback, clarified issues of tricky substantive law, and gotten the necessary moral support to feel confident coming into July."

UC Davis School of Law continues to raise funds to support its bar preparation program. If you are interested in making a contribution to the Academic Success Fund, please contact Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations Jean Flournoy Korinke at (530) 752-1067 or