A High Pass Rate Demonstrates the Success of St. Francis’ Online Law Program
Recent data unveiled by the California State Bar Association for the October 2015 administration of the First Year Law Students’ Exam (FYLSE) reveals that an impressive 87.5% of first-time takers successfully passed the examination. Overall, 66.6% of all test-takers achieved a passing score, while 25% of repeaters also passed. These results underscore the exceptional performance that can be accomplished by a well-structured and high-quality online law school like St. Francis.
Unique Features Set St. Francis School of Law Apart
Differentiating itself from other online Juris Doctor programs, St. Francis School of Law offers a dedicated preparation course for the First Year Law Students’ Exam (FYLSE) integrated into its curriculum. It is important to note that not all online law schools provide this option. Recognized by the California State Bar, St. Francis students are not required to enroll in commercial preparation courses for the FYLSE. As one student eloquently put it, “The prep class, combined with diligent self-study, equipped me well for the exam.”
Administered biannually by the State Bar of California, the First Year Law Students’ Exam is taken at the end of the students’ first year of law study. This intensive one-day test consists of writing four legal essays and answering 100 multiple-choice questions, assessing students’ comprehension of contracts, torts, and criminal law—subjects taught in the initial year of law school.
Comprehensive Preparation at St. Francis
St. Francis Law School offers a range of preparation activities to ensure students’ success on the FYLSE. An optional series of weekly essay writing workshops, taught by Professor Karen Travis, aids students in crafting legal essays and analyzing hypothetical scenarios that challenge their legal analysis skills. Each student receives detailed feedback on their essays, helping them identify areas that require review.
Following the workshops, students enter the mandatory FYLSE Preparation course. Torts and contracts sections are taught by Professor Karen Travis, while Professor Ryann Jorban and Dean Carole J. Buckner handle the criminal law sections. During class, students engage in discussions and analysis of their legal essays, benefitting from content, substance, and format feedback. Additionally, students gain practice in answering multiple-choice questions similar to those found on the FYLSE.
However, the highlight of the FYLSE Preparation course, as confirmed by students and their professors, is the incorporation of three simulated or mock FYLSE exams. These “dress rehearsals” play a vital role in honing students’ test-taking techniques and building the mental and physical stamina required for the rigorous examination. One student aptly compares the experience to marathon training, stating, “Prepping with long runs gives you the confidence to go the distance, so that race day is just another run… The best surprise is no surprise.”
St. Francis: A Center of Excellence in Legal Education
The remarkable results obtained on the FYLSE underscore the exceptional quality of students enrolled at St. Francis School of Law and the overall effectiveness of the curriculum within the Juris Doctor program. On behalf of the faculty and administration, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the students who passed, bringing them one step closer to earning their Juris Doctor degrees.
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