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Bar Preparation Program

Duquesne University School of Law's comprehensive bar preparation program features individual student consultations, small study groups and two core competency courses designed to help students maximize their scores on the bar examinations.

The upper-level core competency courses review legal concepts encountered on the bar examination and in practice. The courses "flip" the classroom, posting substantive lectures and black letter law online and using classroom time for application of legal principles. Students hone their analytical skills by applying the law to new fact scenarios in multiple choice and essay forms. Lecture topics include substantive law, character and fitness issues, and test taking skills. Students learn how to respond to performance test questions that are a critical component of bar examinations.

Recent Duquesne graduates took the bar exam in these and other jurisdictions:

New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
West Virginia

Pennsylvania Bar Exam Results

The Class of 2014 achieved a 91.50 percent first-time pass rate for the July 2014 Pennsylvania Bar Examination. This placed Duquesne Law third of 10 Pennsylvania law schools.The July 2014 pass rate is the highest that Duquesne Law has accomplished in six years, and exceeds the Pennsylvania state average pass rate (82.43 percent) for the eighth time in the last nine years.

One hundred forty (140) of 153 Duquesne graduates passed the exam on their first attempt. Seven additional applicants, who were taking the exam for the second or later time, also passed.

"We are proud of our students and proud of our law school," said Dean Gormley when the results were announced. "We made it a top priority to make sure that all students were thoroughly prepared for the bar examination so that they could be practice-ready as soon as they graduated. The hard work of our students and faculty has made this remarkable achievement possible. It provides further evidence that Duquesne University School of Law has established itself as a premier institution in Pennsylvania and nationally."

View historical results for first-time takers of the Pennsylvania Bar Exam and more bar passage data.