Duquesne University School of Law

Comprehensive Bar Preparation

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Max Baer, L'75, (center, left) officiates at an annual ceremony at Duquesne during which new graduates are sworn in to the Pennsylvania Bar. 


Bar Services

National Jurist
Duquesne Law

No. 9
in country
for bar exam preparation

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Duquesne Law makes it a top priority to ensure that you are thoroughly prepared for the bar examination, so you can be practice ready when you graduate.  

Our success in bar passage speaks for itself. And it begins early, because our admissions practices look beyond cold statistics to see the potential in every applicant. 

During every year of study you can take advantage of academic excellence programs, followed closely by comprehensive bar preparation. Duquesne Law's bar services offer you a rigorous curriculum taught by acclaimed professors, a nationally ranked legal writing program, hands-on learning gained through unique clinical programs, and special bar preparation options. 

Our upper-level core competency courses review legal concepts encountered on the bar examination and in practice. The courses "flip" the classroom, posting substantive lectures and black letter law online and using classroom time for application of legal principles. You will hone your analytical skills by applying the law to new fact scenarios in multiple choice and essay forms. Lecture topics include substantive law, character and fitness requirements, and performance testing skills. 

We look forward to telling you more about our bar preparation. Read on to learn about recent bar passage results that place Duquesne Law No. 2 among 10 law schools.


Duquesne graduates have taken the bar exam in these and other jurisdictions:

California Indiana North Carolina Virginia
Colorado Maryland Ohio Washington
Connecticut Massachusetts Oklahoma W. Virginia
Florida Nevada Pennsylvania Wisconsin
Georgia New Jersey Texas  
Illinois New York Utah  


Bar Exam Results

Duquesne Law graduates achieved a 91.96 percent first-time bar passage rate on the July 2016 Pennsylvania Bar Exam, putting Duquesne Law at No. 2 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. 

In July of 2014, a cum laude graduate from Duquesne Law's evening division, Anya Lernatovych, achieved the highest essay exam score in the state on the Pennsylvania bar examination. Lernatovych earned a perfect score on one essay and accumulated a total of 181.144 points, well above the state average of 144.27 points. Her score was higher than 1,980 other applicants from 141 law schools, including Harvard and Yale.

View historical results for first-time takers of the Pennsylvania Bar Exam and more bar passage data. Read about the July 2016 Pennsylvania Bar Exam and media coverage of our graduates' achievement.


Bar Review Course Scholarships

A limited number of bar review course scholarships are available for current students. Learn more


Questions from Prospective Students

Prospective students are welcome to contact the Bar Services Department to learn more about all of Duquesne Law's bar preparatory programs. 

Richard Gaffney, Jr., J.D.
Director of Bar Services
Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Skills


Ashley M. London, J.D.
Associate Director of Bar Services
Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Skills