Texas Tech Law Grad Places Highest of Texans on July Bar Exam

The legal training Jason Jordan received at the Texas Tech University School of Law demonstrated its value when he took the Texas Bar Exam last July. Jordan attained the third-highest score on the exam, which was also the highest score among graduates of Texas law schools.

Of the 2,740 examinees of the July 2011 bar exam, a student from the University of Virginia took the top spot, and a student from Brigham Young University scored second. Additionally, 90.51 percent of Texas Tech law students’ first-time takers passed the exam.

“Two factors that played a huge part in my success on the Bar Exam were the support I received from my family and friends and the practical legal education I obtained at Tech Law,” Jordan said. “As far as I am concerned, no other law school could have done a better job of equipping me with the skills and knowledge I needed to succeed on the Texas Bar Exam. As a student at Tech Law, I was able to take a variety of classes related to the most important topics on the Bar Exam, and I had the opportunity to learn from professors who cared about helping me understand the legal principles.”

Jordan, a Colorado native, said part of the reason he chose Tech Law for his legal education was the school’s exceptional record of high Bar Exam passage rates. In February 2000, Texas Tech law students achieved a 100 percent passing rate for first-time exam takers. In February 2005 Texas Tech topped all Texas law schools, with a 90.63 percent pass rate, and in July 2005 was again the top public law school, with a 91.01 percent passing rate. In February 2008 Texas Tech again had the best pass rate among public law schools with 92.86 percent, and in July 2009 Texas Tech law again bested all Texas law schools with a pass rate of 94.52 percent.

“I believe my success on the Bar Exam proves not only that I made the correct decision about where to go to school, but also that Tech Law is doing the right things to prepare its graduates for the practice of law.”

Jordan, his wife Amanda and two-and-a-half-year-old son Jayce are living in Austin this year while he serves as a law clerk for Justice Phil Johnson of the Supreme Court of Texas. Next year they will move to Houston where he will serve as a law clerk for Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Jordan was a member of the national champion National Moot Court Competition team that took the title last February in New York.

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Contact: Robert Sherwin, director of advocacy programs, Texas Tech School of Law, (806) 742-3787 ext. 259, or robert.sherwin@ttu.edu.