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Duquesne Law Grad Earns Highest Essay Score on PA Bar Exam

The Duquesne University School of Law announced that Anya Lernatovych, a 2014 cum laude graduate from the school's evening division, achieved the highest essay exam score in the state on the July 2014 administration of the Pennsylvania bar examination.

Lernatovych earned a perfect score on one essay and accumulated a total of 181.144 points, well above the state average of 144.27 points. Her score was higher than 1,980 other applicants from 141 law schools, including Harvard and Yale.

"We're very proud of Anya and of this significant achievement," said Law Dean Ken Gormley. "She worked incredibly hard on her legal studies while juggling work commitments; that dedication has paid off. It's a great honor that a Duquesne law student earned the top score on this highly competitive exam-Anya's stellar performance is an inspiration to all of our students."

As a law student Lernatovych served as business manager for the Duquesne Law Review (Vol. 52), and she received the CALI Award for Academic Excellence in Duquesne's nationally ranked Legal Research and Writing Program. She graduated summa cum laude from Duquesne in 2009 with dual bachelor of arts in international relations and a bachelor of science in international business.

A native of Lviv, Ukraine, Lernatovych is currently an associate at the Pittsburgh office of Reed Smith, where she was a summer intern last year. She resides in downtown Pittsburgh.

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