Ranked Fourth in PA Bar Exam Results
Our students achieve impressive results exceeding nationwide scores.
2019 Bar Results
Duquesne University School of Law graduates achieved a 87.88% first-time pass rate on the July 2019 Pennsylvania bar exam, placing them among only four schools to achieve a first-time pass rate of 87% or above. Duquesne's first-time pass rate of 87.88% outpaced the statewide average of 80.6%.
"These results exemplify the School of Law's continued dedication and commitment to its students," Duquesne Law Dean April Barton said. "We're especially thankful to our bar studies team and our dedicated faculty and staff. We are grateful for the steadfast support of the University and our alumni association, and the discipline and work ethic demonstrated by the Class of 2019."
This marks the fourth consecutive year that the law school has outperformed the state average. Duquesne's overall pass rate of 83.81% exceeded the statewide overall pass rate of 73.07%.
For both first-time and overall takers, Duquesne University finished ahead of Drexel, Penn State University-Penn State Law, Rutgers, Temple, Villanova, Widener Commonwealth Law and Widener Delaware Law.
Since February 2018, the American Bar Association (ABA) requires law schools to report their "ultimate bar passage rates," which track law school graduates for a period of two years or four bar exam cycles (July and February). In 2019, the School of Law reported an ultimate bar passage rate of 96.72%.
2018 Bar Results
In 2018, Duquesne University School of Law graduates finished third in the state on the July 2018 Pennsylvania bar examination. Graduates taking the bar exam for the first time achieved an 86.7 percent pass rate, exceeding the statewide average of 79 percent by more than 7 percentage points. This marks the 13th time in the last 14 years that the pass rate for Duquesne’s first-time takers exceeded the state average. Duquesne’s overall pass rate, which includes graduates who had taken the Pennsylvania bar exam previously, was 80.9 percent. This also exceeds the statewide average for all takers of the July 2018 Pennsylvania bar exam, which was 71 percent.
Duquesne finished among the top three with the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Penn State Law School.
Our results contrast with the national trend: scores on the Multistate Bar Examination dropped to a 34-year low with law schools across the country reporting an overall decrease in bar pass rates.