Pitt Law Graduates Excel in Passing the Pennsylvania Bar Exam

More than 85 percent of University of Pittsburgh School of Law graduates taking the July 2017 Pennsylvania Bar Exam passed on their first attempt. Pitt Law had the fourth highest first-time passage rate among the 10 schools reported by the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners, higher than Temple, Villanova, Drexel, Widener-Commonwealth, Delaware, and Rutgers. This achievement marks an increase of nearly ten percentage points over Pitt Law’s July 2016 Pennsylvania Bar Exam results and is Pitt Law’s second-highest passage rate percentage for first-time takers in the past seven years.

During the past year, Pitt Law has devoted substantial resources and efforts toward new and more aggressive steps to improve bar passage rates. The Law School developed and implemented a variety of new initiatives, including a new workshop series designed specifically to increase students’ and graduates’ academic performance and readiness for the bar exam, a redesign of the academic advising program, and increased individual counseling to students preparing for the bar exam.

“I am very proud of our graduates, whose efforts paid off on the July bar exam this year. These outcomes prove that we are moving in the right direction.” said Dean William M. Carter, Jr. "Even in light of these significant increases, we will provide support to those graduates who were unsuccessful this time and will continue to invest additional resources toward ensuring that our graduates have even greater success on the bar exam going forward.”