Nine of New York state’s 15 law schools saw a decrease in performance among first-time candidates for the July 2009 bar examination over last year, when 10 of the 15 campuses saw increases.

At the two campuses registering the greatest decreases — New York Law School and Hofstra University School of Law — the question being asked, among others, is whether a poor economy was a factor in reduced scores that followed upward trends at both campuses.

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