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Dickinson School of Law grads tops in first-try bar exam success in 2013

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A local law school earned the top score in the state in 2013 for graduates who pass the bar exam on their first try.

Almost 94 percent of graduates of the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, with campuses in Carlisle and University Park, passed the bar exam on their first attempt, the top rate for what the state considers the 10 Pennsylvania area law schools, according to the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners.

The state said 93.83 percent of graduates pass the bar on their first try, just better than University of Pennsylvania Law School at 92.68 percent and the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University at 92.31 percent.

Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg came in sixth out of the 10 schools at 83.53 percent.

Penn takes the top spot in total number of graduates who passed the bar regardless of how many attempts it took at 90.7 percent, though it only had 39 graduates that took the bar in 2013, according to the state. That is the smallest number of graduates in the state.

Just under 84 percent of graduates from the Dickinson School of Law passed the bar in 2013, the third-best percentage in the state.

Widener Law in Harrisburg came in ninth out of 10 with 75.51 percent of graduates passing the bar in 2013.

In 2013, the state administered its bar exam 2,117 times to students from 152 law schools. Almost 83 percent passed on the first try, and overall, 77.33 percent of tests resulted in a passing score regardless of how many times it was taken.

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