Dickinson School of Law tops Pennsylvania law schools

October 17, 2003

Carlisle, Pa. -- Penn State University's Dickinson School of Law had the highest July 2003 Pennsylvania Bar Exam passage rate among all Pennsylvania law schools for first-time test takers.

Of the 115 Penn State Dickinson graduates who took the bar exam for the first time in July, 86.96 percent achieved passing scores. This is well above the 77.76 percent passage rate of all first-time applicants who took the Pennsylvania Bar in July.

"This exceptional result reflects the fact that we have smart, hard-working law students, a solid and demanding curriculum, and extraordinary faculty who are dedicated teachers. That's the Dickinson Law tradition, and it works," said Philip McConnaughay, dean of the Dickinson School of Law.

The final July 2003 Pennsylvania Bar Exam statistics, released today (Oct. 17), show that the passage rate for first-time test takers from the remaining Pennsylvania-area law schools was 86.67 percent for the University of Pennsylvania Law School; 83.90 percent for Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law; 83.52 percent for Villanova University School of Law; 81.61 percent for the University of Pittsburgh School of Law; 76.79 percent for Rutgers University School of Law - Camden; 70.51 percent for Duquesne University School of Law; 70.13 percent for Widener University School of Law - Harrisburg; and 62.20 percent for Widener University School of Law - Delaware.

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