Wednesday, October 12, 2016

St. Thomas Law Graduate Earns Top Score on Florida Bar Exam

Jaime Lapidus at the Florida Supreme Court
St. Thomas Law salutes alumnus, Jaime Lapidus '16, who received one of the state's highest passing scores on the most recent sitting of the Florida Bar Exam. Jaime's scores placed him among the top of more than 2,400 law school graduates who sat for the exam in July.

Earning the top score earned Jaime a coveted invitation from Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labraga, to speak during the induction ceremony of new attorneys in the chambers of the Florida Supreme Court.

"It was truly an honor to represent my school and my peers at the Florida Supreme Court's Induction Ceremony," said Jaime. "I say this because although I gave a speech, none of the success I had on the exam would have been possible had it not been for the help and support system my St.Thomas Law family provided me."

During his remarks before the audience of family and justices, he spoke of being speechless upon receiving his invitation to the Supreme Court.  He also shared his motivation to practice law which was to ultimately give voice to the voiceless, and noted that he views the practice of law in terms of patriotism and service. He is now an Assistant Public Defender in the Office of the Public Defender in Palm Beach County.

"We are proud of Jaime’s unique accomplishment," stated Dean Alfredo Garcia. "He exemplifies St. Thomas Law's dedication to student success at the highest level."

St. Thomas University School of Law continues to train and graduate lawyers capable of applying legal principles to address and solve problems, while maintaining a genuine dedication to scholarship and service. 

You may view Jaime's speech in its entirety here.  His remarks begin at approximately the 30:00 minute mark.


  1. That’s brilliant. I also would be taking this exam and feeling quite nervous as there is so much competition. I think practicing the online MBE Practice Questions would be helpful for me because I have heard that questions are almost similar in real exam. Is that true?