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Penn State Law Earns Highest Bar Passage Rate in State

Edging out the nine other law schools in the state, the Penn State Dickinson School of Law graduates received the highest bar passage rate in Pennsylvania on the last exam. Penn State Law had a 93.83 percent success rate, according to statistics from the July 2013 exam.

The University of Pennsylvania Law School, ranked No. 7 in the country by U.S. News & World Report, had the second highest success rate in the state: 92.68 percent. The Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law was close behind with a rate of 92.31.

The bar exam is offered twice each year, in February and July. The test is used to determine whether a candidate is qualified to practice law in the given state.

The news comes off the heels of the announcement that Penn State Law was ranked No. 24 on Business Insider’s list of the best law schools in the country. The year before, Penn State Law didn’t even crack the top 50.

U.S. News & World Report put Penn State Law at No. 64 on its national list. The bar passage rate is factored in the rankings, so perhaps in the near future, Penn State Law will jump up a few spots on this list.

Although Penn State Law scored the best in the state on the bar exam, it’s worth noting that Penn State Law graduates scored higher last July, with a success rate of 95.83 percent. The University of Pennsylvania was the only law school to beat Penn State then, with a success rate of 96.08 percent.

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