Pitt Law Graduates Excel in Passing the Pennsylvania Bar Exam

More than 90 percent of University of Pittsburgh School of Law graduates taking the July 2014 Pennsylvania Bar Exam passed on their first attempt. Pitt Law ranked first among the state-related Pennsylvania law schools for our first-time takers’ passage rate and ranked second out of eight Pennsylvania law schools for repeat test takers.

Pitt Law had the fourth highest first-time passage rate among the 10 schools reported by the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners, ranking substantially higher than Penn State, Temple, Drexel, Widener, and Rutgers-Camden.

This remarkable achievement marks the first time in five years that Pitt Law has recorded a passage rate of over 90% of its first-time takers. Even more impressive, Pitt Law beat the statewide average for first-time takers by 7.95%, the highest differential for Pitt Law since at least 1998.

During the past year, Pitt Law has devoted substantial resources and effort toward new and more aggressive steps to improve bar passage rates. Among many other steps, Dean Carter, with the guidance of the Faculty Committee on Bar Exam Passage and the input of the faculty as a whole, created the new senior staff position of Director of Academic Success and Bar Exam Services to lead academic success programming and bar exam preparation counseling, and hired Robert Wible, Esq. in April 2014 to fill this position.  Pitt Law has also expanded its free summer supplemental bar exam preparation program (taught by several members of the full time faculty, along with Mr. Wible), provided increased individual counseling to students preparing for the bar exam, and provided partial scholarships to graduates with the most acute financial need in order to aid them in affording commercial bar preparation courses and to reduce their need for external employment during the bar exam preparation process.

Dean Carter stated: “I am proud of and delighted for our graduates, whose diligent efforts paid off in their dramatically increased passage rate on the July bar exam this year.  These results, combined with our 93.3% passage rate for first-time takers of the February 2014 Pennsylvania bar exam (21% higher than the statewide average), clearly prove that we are moving in the right direction.”

The complete results are available here.