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Duquesne Law School Achieves High Bar Exam Pass Rate for First-time Takers

Graduates of the Duquesne University School of Law achieved an 85.96 percent pass rate for first-time takers of the July 2012 Pennsylvania Bar Examination, according to the state's Board of Law Examiners.

"These statistics are a testament to the dedicated efforts of our faculty, staff and administrators and the hard work of our graduates, who simply out-worked the competition," said Law School Dean Ken Gormley. "This also marks the seventh consecutive year that the School of Law exceeded the state average first-time pass rate.  It is wonderful news for the entire Law School community."

Duquesne's recent results increased from its 2011 pass rate of 82.2 percent, and this year it placed ahead of five of 10 Pennsylvania law schools. The School of Law placed ahead of Drexel University, the University of Pittsburgh, Rutgers University-Camden, Widener University-Delaware and Widener University-Harrisburg law schools in this year's bar exam results.

The School of Law ended in a virtual tie with Temple University; it only placed behind the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University-Dickinson and Villanova University.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.