A legal career is much closer for the 298 candidates who passed the South Carolina bar exam when it was administered this summer.
The 12-hour, two-day exam is given in February and July in Columbia, Tina Bryant, manager of the Office of Bar Admissions, said. The minimum passing score is 266.
Leading the list of institutions whose graduates passed was the University of South Carolina School of Law, a release says. Of its 181 candidates, 151 passed, an 80.32% success rate.
From the Charleston School of Law, 71 of 109 graduates passed, a 65.14% success rate.
From out-of-state schools, 76 of 109 graduates passed, a 69.72% success rate.
The overall pass rate was 73.4%, the release says.
After USC Law and Charleston Law, the next law schools with the largest number of candidates were the University of Georgia, eight, and Liberty and Washington and Lee universities, four each, Lauren Brown, director of public information for the South Carolina Judicial Branch, said by email.
The exam also drew students from distant schools, including Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City; Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon; the University of Iowa; and the University of Nebraska, Brown said.
Passing the exam isn’t the only requirement for a South Carolina law license. Others include being at least 21 years old and of “good moral character,” having graduated from an American Bar Association-accredited law school, scoring at least 77 on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, and not having been disbarred, suspended or subject to bar discipline in another state, Bryant said.
Of the 406 candidates who took the exam, 108 failed, the release says.
Candidates can repeatedly take the exam.
“There’s not a final number [of permitted attempts], but starting after the third fail and going forward, for each fail you have to wait a year before you can sit again,” Bryant said.
Thirteen successful candidates at the July exam had taken it at least three times before, Brown said.
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