Duquesne University School of Law

Comprehensive Bar Preparation

Bar Studies

National Jurist
names
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 90.74 percent first-time bar passage rate on the July 2017 Pennsylvania Bar Exam, exceeding by almost 10 points the Pennsylvania first-time pass rate (81 percent).

This is the 11th time in the last 12 years that Duquesne has exceeded the statewide average.  The University was among only three schools with first-time pass rates exceeding 90 percent, placing Duquesne in an elite category among Pennsylvania-area law schools again in 2017.

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

 

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 Studies 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
gaffneyr@duq.edu 

 

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