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Loyola University New Orleans Law Grad Earns Highest Score on Texas State Bar

Loyola press release - November 7, 2016

A May graduate of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law received top marks this month as the highest scorer on the Texas State Bar exam.

Loyola Law alumna Lynne Powers, J.D. ‘16, earned the highest score of all test takers on the Texas bar exam in July 2016.Powers, a litigation associate in the Houston office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, has been invited by the Texas Supreme Court to speak at the Texas State Bar swearing-in ceremony on Monday, Nov. 21 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

Two thousand nine-hundred seventy-five people took the Texas State Bar in July, according to the Texas Board of Law Examiners. Two thousand ninety-six passed for an overall pass rate of 70.45 percent. Powers won the gold prize. She’s the third woman in the last 10 years to earn the top marks on the July exam, scoring 875 out of 1,000 points.

“Taking the bar exam in another state was definitely a challenge,” said Powers, a Houston native and 2012 graduate of Texas A &M University. “I attribute my success not only to my efforts, but to the resources and support of the faculty at Loyola.”

Loyola’s law school ensures its students are “practicing professionals,” working throughout their academic years and gaining professional experience through externships, skills programs, and nine law clinics.

As a third-year law student, Powers was a student in Loyola’s criminal prosecution clinic at Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office, where she argued motions in criminal court while assisting Assistant District Attorney, Taylor Anthony. During the same year, she also worked as a teaching assistant to the Legal Research and Writing classes, helping first-year law students with legal research, analysis, writing, and citation.

While in law school, Powers also served as a summer associate for Deutsch Kerrigan and as a summer associate at Taylor, Wellons, Politz & Duhe, APLC. She worked as a law clerk for Zimmerman Law Firm in Houston and interned in Harris County, Texas 309th Civil District Court. After graduation, she clerked for Judge Charley Prine in the 246th Civil District Court.

“Lynne is one of the hardest-working students I have met throughout my years of teaching, and I think any professor at Loyola would say that,” said Associate Dean Mary Garvey Algero. “This honor confirms what we know at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, which is that our students can go head-to-head with law students from around the country and compete well.”

In other good news: Loyola University New Orleans College of Law boasts the second highest bar passage rate in Louisiana, with an overall passage rate of approximately 73.8 percent and 76.69 percent passing the bar exam on their first attempt. Passage of the bar is required to practice law in Louisiana. Ever the achiever, Powers will take the Louisiana bar in February.