Graduates of 12 of the state’s 15 law schools passed the New York bar exam in July 2017 at higher rates than their classmates did a year earlier.

For the second year in a row, graduates of NYU, Columbia and Cornell performed the best with a 97.9 percent success rate for NYU graduates and the other two schools not far behind. But it was St. John’s University that saw the most dramatic improvement from 76.5 percent in July 2016 to 89.2 percent in July 2017.

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