Duquesne University Achieves Second Highest Result on Pa. Bar Exam

Duquesne University School of Law graduates achieved a 91.96 percent first-time taker pass rate on the July 2016 Pennsylvania Bar Examination, placing it second among 10 Pennsylvania-area law schools. This pass rate exceeded the Pennsylvania first-time average pass rate (75.35 percent) by 16.6 points, marking the 10th time in the last 11 years that Duquesne has exceeded the statewide average.

With the exception of the University of Pennsylvania, Duquesne placed ahead of Temple, Villanova, Drexel, the University of Pittsburgh and other law schools. Only the University of Pennsylvania and Duquesne had first-time pass rates exceeding 90 percent. The next highest rate was ten points lower, placing Duquesne in an elite category among Pennsylvania law schools.

Duquesne Interim Law Dean Maureen Lally-Green attributed the strong results to the hard work of the students who graduated in 2016, the faculty's dedication and the University's unwavering support. "We are immensely proud of our students and the entire Duquesne law community for this outstanding performance," said Lally-Green. "Our law program is student-focused, and these results reflect the value of this approach."

In addition, 103 of 112 Duquesne graduates passed the exam on their first attempt, and three additional applicants, who were taking the exam for the second or later time, also passed.

Duquesne offers law students academic excellence opportunities 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, law students can take advantage of a range of special classes to prepare for the bar exam.

"This is a remarkable showing by a talented group of law students and faculty who remained focused and worked tirelessly to achieve the highest level of excellence on the bar exam and succeeded masterfully," added Duquesne University President Ken Gormley, who served as law dean from 2010-2015. "The entire University community is extremely proud of their efforts. These results demonstrate, once again, that Duquesne law students out-perform the usual metrics through hard work and dedication to the task at hand."

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