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For 1,313 law school graduates who took the Pennsylvania Bar Exam in July, the months of poring over treaties and texts have paid off. The Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners announced that 71.8 percent of applicants who sat for the July test successfully completed the exam with test scores of equal to or greater than 272 for the combined multistate bar exam and essay/multistate performance. [ Click herefor the complete list of successful bar applicants.] The University of Pennsylvania Law School led the way, percentagewise, with 91 percent of its 45 July test-takers passing the exam. Temple University’s Beasley School of Law led in terms of volume — 186 of its 267 applicants passed for a 69.6 percent pass rate. [For a complete breakdown of school results by attempts, click here.] Eighty-three percent of the 127 would-be lawyers from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School got good news last week, while nearly 80 percent of Villanova’s 172 applicants passed, for a total of 137 new lawyers. Seventy-four percent, or 139, of Duquesne’s 189 applicants also got the nod. Rutgers University-Camden saw 144 of its recent graduates sit for the exam, with 98 breathing sighs of relief last week, for a passage rate of 68 percent. Widener University’s Harrisburg and Delaware campuses combined forces, sending 289 to the July exam. Of those, 64 percent, or 172, passed. Statewide, of the 104 second-time test-takers who sat in July, 50 passed. A total of 188 took the test for at least a third time, and 74 won’t have to shell out more time or money in preparation for another go-round. Dickinson had the highest percentage, 88 percent, or seven, of multiple attempt students who passed. One of Penn’s two multiple-attempt test-takers passed. Rutgers-Camden had 56 percent pass. Villanova had a 45 percent success rate, and 41 percent of Widener students were successful at their next attempt. Temple and Duquesne each had almost 40 percent pass. The July 2001 batch of applicants fared somewhat better than their counterparts who took the bar a year ago. Last July, 1,867 sat for the exam, with 69.9 percent, or 1,305, passing. Forty-three percent of the 258 multiple-attempt test-takers who completed last July’s exam passed. The July exam results include for the first time the multistate performance test. Applicants had to attain a minimum scaled combined score of 272 on the multistate bar exam and the essay portion of the bar examination. The six answers to the essay examination and the MPT were graded, totaled and scaled to the MBE. The combined essay and MPT scales comprised 55 percent of the test score, while the MBE counted as 45 percent. The scaled scores of the MPT, essay and MBE were then combined for each applicant’s total score. See results for other states

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