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Graduates of Ohio Northern’s Pettit College of Law rank second in the state for first-time applicants passing the bar exam

May 21, 2007
Graduates of Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law recorded the second highest percentage of first-time applicants passing the February 2007, bar exam in the state of Ohio.

The University of Akron School of Law ranked first with 92 percent, followed by Ohio Northern with 83 percent. Ohio State University Moritz College of Law was third with 81 percent and the University of Toledo College of Law rounded out the top four with 80 percent. Statewide, there were 271 first-time applicants and 79 percent received passing scores.

David C. Crago, dean and professor of law at Ohio Northern celebrated the accomplishments of the ONU graduates, "We are extremely proud of our students and their successful completion of the Ohio bar examination. This is the culmination of years of hard work, determination, and self-discipline."

During a special public session of the Supreme Court, held on Monday, May 14, at The Ohio Theatre in Columbus, the oath of office was administered to those applicants who were successful on the examination and who satisfied all of the Supreme Court's other requirements for admission

Ohio Northern alumnus and Ohio Supreme Court Justice Robert R. Cupp (JD'76) offered remarks at the ceremony. John S. Stith, president of the Ohio State Bar Association, and David C. Crago, dean of The Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, also offered remarks.

Speaking on behalf of the legal educators at Ohio's nine law schools, Crago said, "You take with you an awesome force. We expect you to use that force wisely, to use the law to build a better world."

Crago added: "You are joining a learned profession. It is imperative you act as professionals, in your language, demeanor, relationships and fundamental beliefs."
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