According to statistics released by the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners, 371 of the 708 individuals who took the February 2000 bar exam — 52.4 percent — passed. In February 1999, a slightly higher percentage of applicants, 55.1 percent, succeeded.

Of the 287 applicants who took the exam for first time in February of this year, 193, or 67.25 percent, passed. Pass rates typically decline with the number of attempts: 50.82 percent of those who took the test twice, 21.57 percent of those who took it three times and 18.46 percent of those who took it four or more times succeeded.