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NSU Shepard Broad College of Law Second in Florida Bar Passage Rate

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FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla. – The Florida Bar passage rate for first time test takers was announced on Monday, April 11, 2016 and Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law (SBCL) graduates came in second in the state for the February 2016 test. NSU’s pass rate was 75 percent, placing the college just behind Florida International University and far ahead of the 58.4 percent state average for the exam.

More than 40 SBCL students who passed the Florida Bar exam—both first time and second time testers—participated in a swearing-in ceremony at the NSU Panza Maurer Law Library at Leo Goodwin Hall on campus. “We are very proud of the success of our students,” said Jon Garon, J.D., dean of NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law. “Their results are especially significant at this time when the statewide bar passage rate continues to decline.”

Garon pointed out, “Our faculty and staff have been working diligently with our students both during and after completion of law school to help them realize their potential,” he said. “Our goal is to develop practice-ready lawyers, and results like these clearly demonstrate that we are succeeding.”

Overall, the state average for passing the bar the first time has dropped from 80% to 58.4% in the past three years.

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Shepard Broad College of Law: Nova Southeastern University’s College of Law offers a cutting edge, skills-centered academic program in three-year full-time and four-year part-time divisions. With its recently redeveloped clinical programs, every NSU Law student is guaranteed a live-client experience. In-house clinical studies are supplemented by full-time field placement opportunities practicing law in Florida, across the United States, or select locations throughout the globe. To solidify student success after graduation, NSU Law pioneered a curriculum on the business of lawyering through the Global Law Leadership Initiative. NSU Law students have a myriad of curricular opportunities, including a rich, diverse curriculum, concentrations in International Law or Health Law; dual degree programs abroad in Rome, Barcelona, or Prague; dual degree programs at many of NSU’s 17 colleges; and much more.  For more information, please visit:


About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. A private, not-for-profit institution with more than 26,000 students, NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. For more than 50 years, NSU has been awarding degrees in a wide range of fields, while fostering groundbreaking research and an impactful commitment to community. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is 1 of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private, not-for-profit institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. Please visit for more information about NSU and for more information on the largest fundraising campaign in NSU history.

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