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Dear CUA Law Family and Friends,

One of the many enduring gifts from my long connection with our law school as student, professor, and dean for the past six years is the pleasure I derive from watching our progress and our accomplishments.

Our alumni, students, and faculty members continue to distinguish themselves and honor the legal profession year after year with their (often unsung) professional achievements and good works.  I hope that you can spend a few moments with this newsletter to appreciate all that goes on within our community.

In the face of a challenging climate for legal educators, we continue to progress as a law school. For example, I am pleased to report that the focus we committed several years ago to improve bar exam preparation has yielded satisfying results, especially in Virginia and Maryland, the two state bar exams taken by the greatest number of our graduates.

On last summer’s Virginia bar exam, first-time test takers from the Columbus School of Law fared very well with an 83.08 percent passage rate, more than two percentage points higher than the overall state average for first-time takers. We enjoyed similar results in Maryland, the state bar exam taken by the greatest number of our graduates. Our first time pass rate was 83.16 percent, more than a point higher than the state average of 82 percent.

On another note, we have also been recognized in the winter 2011-2012 edition of National Jurist magazine as among the top 20 law schools in the nation that best prepare graduates for careers in government service.

These examples only underscore what I have always treasured about the CUA law community: when we put our minds to something, as individuals or as an institution, there is nothing we can’t accomplish.  

We have enjoyed a fulfilling and successful first semester and look forward to another beginning in January.  Plans for next semester include three thought-provoking programs on hot legal topics at the National Press Club, as well as the debut of a new course, “In-House Counsel,” that adds to our expanding list of law practice management tools for students.

As always, thank you for your support of the Columbus School of Law. Please accept our best wishes for a joyous Christmas season and a peaceful, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Veryl V. Miles
Dean and Professor of Law

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