Raising hands and repeating the oath, 51 graduates of the Columbus School of Law were officially sworn in to the Virginia State Bar on Oct. 29, 2012.
The peaceful ceremony at the Richmond Convention Center stood in contrast to the massive Hurricane Sandy, whose powerful offshore churning up the East Coast on the same day prompted some eligible candidates to skip the occasion and be sworn in at a later date.
Most, but not all, of the CUA Law July bar exam takers were from the Class of 2012. First time test-takers passed at 75.8 percent, competitive with the overall state average.
However, those former students who took CUA’s “Virginia Bar Preparation and Practice,” taught by adjunct Professor Reid Flinn, enjoyed a first-time pass rate of 79 percent, slightly surpassing the Virginia statewide average.
“CUA’s bar prep course is the reason I passed the bar exam,” said Sarah Fay, one of law school’s newly admitted Virginia attorneys. Classmates echoed her praise for CUA’s program. “I owe a huge debt of gratitude,” agreed Alex Reynolds.
“Relative to competing law schools, CUA offers the most thorough bar exam preparation for its Virginia applicants,” said Professor Flinn.
He continued, “Bar passage affects reputation, and reputation impacts not only hiring but also rankings, so it’s very rewarding to see our graduates outperform their peers. Our continued success in preparing graduates to pass the bar exam should help make CUA Law an attractive choice for prospective law school applicants.”
Newest CUA Law Members of the Virginia Bar
Jared AndersonJessica Elder
Gwenlynn W. D'Souza
Sarah E. Fay
Ellen J. Gehris
Kelsey Jo Guyselman
Daniel T. McGraw
Casey J. Simpson
Susannah E. Smith
Leigh N. Sprowls
Christopher A. Treanor
Renee TrotterDustin Ware
Christopher L. Young