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Duquesne Law School Achieves High Bar Exam Pass Rates

Graduates of the Duquesne University School of Law achieved an 85.96 percent pass rate for first-time takers of the July 2012 Pennsylvania Bar Examination, according to the state's Board of Law Examiners.

"These statistics are a testament to the dedicated efforts of our faculty, staff and administrators and the hard work of our graduates, who simply out-worked the competition", said Law School Dean Ken Gormley. "This also marks the seventh consecutive year that the School of Law exceeded the state average first-time pass rate. It is wonderful news for the entire Law School community."

Duquesne's recent results increased from its 2011 pass rate of 82.2 percent, and this year it placed ahead of five of ten Pennsylvania-area law schools. The School of Law placed ahead of Drexel University, the University of Pittsburgh, Rutgers University-Camden, Widener University-Delaware and Widener University-Harrisburg law schools in this year's bar exam results and ended in a virtual tie with Temple University; it only placed behind the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University-Dickinson and Villanova University.

In addition to the successful Pennsylvania applicants, Class of 2012 graduates took and passed bar examinations in Florida, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and other jurisdictions.
Duquesne's results have improved measurably since the introduction of the bar preparation program in 2006. During the seven-year period ending in 2005, Duquesne's first-time pass rate averaged 73%. Since then, the first-time pass rate has improved to an average of 88%, demonstrating that our bar preparation efforts are producing solid returns.

According to Professor Richard Gaffney, Director of Bar Services, the cumulative pass rates (graduates passing the bar exam on their first or on a subsequent attempt) are, for the Class of 2011, 91.6%; for the Class of 2010, 95.9%; for the Class of 2009, 93.1%; for the Class of 2008, 99.3%; and for the Class of 2007, 99.3%.

"We are tremendously proud of our graduates, whose focus and diligent efforts generated these wonderful results," said Gaffney, "and we will continue to support our students who are working hard to pass the bar examination in 2013. Their success adds to the greatness of our institution and proves, once again, that Duquesne graduates exceptional lawyers who are truly 'practice ready.'"

Event Reminder: DCLI Research Expo 2012

Please join us on Tuesday, October 23 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the student lounge for the annual DCLI Research Expo. The Research Expo features representatives from the major legal information databases who will exhibit and demonstrate their research products. Refreshments will be served. Come and learn something new and perhaps win a prize

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