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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.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.