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November 1, 2004

High Pass Rate on State Bar Exam
for UConn Law School Graduates

Law graduates from the UConn School of Law achieved the highest percentage among graduates of the state’s three law schools passing the Connecticut bar exam this year, according to the State Bar Examining Committee.

July bar results released last week by the Hartford-based committee show that 94 percent of the 109 UConn law graduates taking the state bar exam for the first time passed – the school’s highest pass rate ever.

By comparison, 92 percent of Yale graduates passed the exam the first time. At Quinnipiac University’s School of Law, 76 percent of graduates passed.

The overall pass rate for UConn Law School graduates in July 2004 was 93 percent (118 took the exam), an improvement of 4 percentage points over the previous year.

“I am very pleased to announce that our students performed admirably on the July bar. The 94 percent first-time pass rate and 93 percent overall pass rate are truly outstanding,” said Nell Jessup Newton, dean of the Law School. The exam, which is required for licensure as an attorney, serves as a good indicator of the quality of the Law School’s instructional program, she added.

The bar exam is taken twice a year – in February and July. Across the state, 666 people took the exam for the first time in July, with 553 (83 percent) passing, the Bar Examining Committee reported.

In more populated states such as New York, thousands of people take the bar exam. In Connecticut, 234 students from law schools based in the state were first-time takers of the exam in July, the balance being law students from around the country taking the test in order to be licensed to practice law in the state.