The Bar Exam looms large this year due to the changes necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bar Exam looms large this year due to the changes necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Duquesne University Bar Studies staff took some time to reflect on their long history of consistently high bar pass rates.
Professor Richard Gaffney, Director of Bar Studies and Assistant Professor of Legal Skills, offers this insight, "Duquesne Law's highest priorities include preparing students to pass the bar examination and be ready to practice law upon graduation. Our bar passage rates speak for themselves and testify to the success of our nationally-ranked bar preparation program and the work ethic of our graduates."
Ashley London, Associate Director of Bar Studies and Assistant Professor of Legal Skills, explains the two-year bar pass rate, known as the Ultimate pass rate, "The ultimate bar passage rate follows the law graduates for two years post-graduation and tracks bar passage success across all jurisdictions. The law school's ultimate bar passage rates continue to illustrate our unique bar exam success story, with 2017 graduates posting an ultimate bar passage rate of 93.16%, and the 2016 graduates posting an ultimate bar passage rate of 96.7%."
The Bar Studies staff recognize that at the very heart of our bar pass rates is the dedication, hard work, and commitment of our law graduates and our supportive alumni. Bar passage success is never given, it is earned. From the moment a student enters Hanley Hall as a 1L, our faculty and staff are dedicated to their future success.
Professor London observes, "Resting on our laurels is not an option. Our programming emphasizes a classical legal education. But classical does not mean stagnant. We are always improving our curriculum and Bar Studies programming with an eye toward not only successful bar exam outcomes, but with a heart for creating lawyer leaders and ethical professionals. Our measure of success goes far beyond our impressive bar pass success rates."
Duquesne Law sees an increasing number of students electing to take a bar exam outside of Pennsylvania. We are proud to report student bar exam success in jurisdictions as far away as California, or as close as Maryland and Ohio. Our programming prepares all graduates no matter what state they decide to embark on their legal careers.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim.
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