Duquesne Law School No. 9 in the Nation for Bar Exam Prep

The National Jurist has named Duquesne University School of Law No. 9 in the United States for bar exam preparation.

The magazine, which specializes in legal education, lists Duquesne in the top 10 among the 38 best law schools across the country for bar prep. The winter 2017 issue reviewed bar exam pass rates using median LSAT scores for the classes of 2013 and 2014, and then identified the schools that performed the best against the predictions. 

"The School of Law has developed a comprehensive bar preparation program over several years, and the effort has paid off," said Richard Gaffney, director of bar services and assistant professor of clinical legal skills at Duquesne. "Our academic excellence program is available to students beginning with their first semester of studies. As they move toward their third year of full-time studies or fourth year of part-time evening studies, they can take advantage of a full range of opportunities to prepare for the bar exam."  

Duquesne law graduates achieved a 91.96 percent first-time pass rate on the July 2016 Pennsylvania Bar examination, placing it second among 10 Pennsylvania-area law schools. The pass rate exceeded the Pennsylvania first-time average pass rate (75.35 percent) by 16.6 points and marked the 10th time in the last 11 years that Duquesne has exceeded the statewide average.    

Only the University of Pennsylvania and Duquesne had first-time pass rates exceeding 90 percent. The next highest rate was 10 points lower, placing Duquesne in an elite category among Pennsylvania law schools.

"Our faculty are fully committed to teaching excellence and preparing our graduates for success in the bar exam and in practice," aid Interim Law Dean Maureen Lally-Green. "Our July 2016 Pennsylvania results and the new ranking from National Jurist reflect that dedication and our students' hard work. We are immensely proud of them."

Duquesne University

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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