November 21, 2007
Nearly 275 people were on hand November 15 to celebrate the achievements of the College of Law's recently graduated Class of 2007 at The Commerce Club in Atlanta during this 25th Anniversary Year.
Georgia State's College of Law and the Graduate Leadership Council hosted the Class of 2007 for the Ninth Annual Newly Minted Lawyers Reception, which for the third year featured a swearing-in ceremony performed by the Honorable Cynthia J. Becker ('87).
During the evening, the 61 graduates gathered for the event had an additional reason for pride. The graduating class from this past spring brought further distinction to the law school in its 25th Anniversary year by having the state of Georgia's highest bar passage rate for fall 2007.
“Our annual Newly Minted Lawyers Reception has grown into a splendid tradition” noted Dean Steven Kaminshine. “It combines the solemnity of the formal swearing-in ceremony and the opportunity to congratulate our most recent graduates on their splendid success on the bar exam, with the added occasion for the alumni and the law school community to welcome these “newly minted lawyers” as alumni of our college.
While the College of Law is consistently ranked near the top of the state's bar pass rates, we are especially proud that our graduates added this accomplishment of making the college the best law school in Georgia for bar passage this year.”
Graduates from 2007 who mastered Georgia's bar exam with such excellence were then sworn in by Judge Becker, and toasted as the college's "Rising Stars" by Dean Kaminshine. The new attorneys were joined for the event by their guests, COL alumni, faculty and staff.
In the Georgia Bar Examination report for American Bar Association-approved law schools in the state, the College of Law ranked first with a pass rate of 96.8 percent for our graduates who took the exam for the first time. The COL outdistanced the next-ranked Georgia law school by more than four percentage points.