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A total of 82.27 percent of the first-time takers of the Texas Bar Examination who are Texas law school graduates or students passed the July 2016 exam.

That is better than the 76.6 percent passing rate for the comparable group that took the July 2015 bar exam.

According to statistics made public today by the Texas Board of Law Examiners, 1,313 of the 1,596 first-time test-takers from Texas law schools passed the exam, while 283 did not pass. A total of 71.45 percent of first-time test takers, 418 of 585, from out-of-state law schools passed the July 2016 exam, with 167 not passing.

The Texas Board of Law Examiners has posted the pass list for the July 2016 Texas Bar Examination.

The University of Texas School of Law in Austin had the highest passing rate of 93.87 percent, with Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas not far behind with a 91.1 percent passing rate for first-time test-takers.

Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston had the lowest passing rate for first-time test takers66.06 percent.

The overall passing rate for the July 2016 bar exam, which includes first-time and repeat examinees, was 70.45 percent, with 2,096 of 2,975 passing the test.

Contact Brenda Sapino Jeffreys at bjeffreys@alm.com On Twitter: @BrendaSJeffreys

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