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Duquesne Law School Reports Strong First-time Pass Rate for PA Bar

Duquesne University School of Law graduates achieved an 82.4 percent pass rate for first-time takers of the July 2013 Pennsylvania Bar Examination, according to the state's Board of Law Examiners, which released its results on Oct. 18. Duquesne's overall pass rate also exceeded Pennsylvania's overall pass rate.

A total of 164 Duquesne law graduates were among those who passed the challenging two-day examination on the first attempt. The first-time pass rate of 82.4 percent represents a performance that places Duquesne ahead of law schools at Drexel, the University of Pittsburgh and Widener-Delaware in the region.

"I am pleased that our graduates continue to attain excellence on the bar exam in Pennsylvania and other states," said Law Dean Ken Gormley. "Duquesne law school has long prided itself on producing first-rate practicing attorneys. We congratulate our recent graduates who will join the ranks of legal professionals in Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions, where they will now be in a position to use their law degrees in the service of others."

Approximately 90 percent of Duquesne's graduating law class sat for Pennsylvania's bar exam, with other University graduates sitting for bar examinations in other or multiple jurisdictions.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.