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Duquesne Law Graduates Pass Bar Exam at High Rate

The Duquesne University School of Law announced an overall 84.41 percent passage rate among its graduates taking the July 2010 Pennsylvania Bar Examination. The pass rate places Duquesne fourth—up from seventh in 2009—out of the 10 law schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware whose graduates take the bar exam in Pennsylvania.

“This exceptional pass rate for Duquesne graduates was the product of months of diligent preparation and hard work on the part of our students,” said Law Dean Ken Gormley. “Our students understand that the exceptional results achieved by these Duquesne Law School graduates were the direct result of their excellent preparation, made possible by our top-notch faculty, as well as by their own dedication and impressive work ethic.”

Duquesne’s overall results outperformed those of law graduates from Penn State/Dickinson, the University of Pittsburgh, Drexel, Rutgers (Camden) and both Widener locations (Harrisburg and Delaware). In terms of first-time takers, Duquesne ranked sixth among the schools in the mix, moving up from seventh place spot last year.

Additional statistics include:

  • This is the fifth consecutive year that Duquesne’s pass rate for first-time takers (86.47%) was above the first-time pass rate for all takers (84.68%), and that Duquesne’s overall pass rate exceeded the overall pass rate for all takers (79.67%)
  • The 2010 results outperformed both Duquesne’s ten-year rolling average first-time bar pass rate (81.5%) and Pennsylvania’s ten-year rolling average first-time bar pass rate (79.0%)
  • Duquesne’s first-time bar pass rate has improved from 68% in 2005 to 86.47% in 2010.

“With the addition of the law school’s new Academic Excellence Program, we will continue to work hard to ensure that each of our students is equipped to perform to the best of his or her ability on this important examination, if he or she chooses to be licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania or elsewhere,” said Gormley.

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