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Seton Hall Law’s 2015 New York Bar Pass Rates Remain Strong, Significantly Exceeding State Averages

While bar pass rates continue to decline across the nation, Seton Hall Law’s New York bar pass rate remains at their usual high levels

Seton Hall Law reports an 86.7% passage rate for its graduates who took the New York bar examination in July 2015. This rate far exceeds the New York state average for all first-time takers of ABA-accredited law schools, which dropped to 79% in 2015, declining four points from 83% in 2014.

Running against national and New York trend of declining pass rates, the 2015 results matched the performance of Seton Hall Law graduates on the New York bar exam in 2014. Each year, approximately 75% of Seton Hall Law graduates take the New York bar exam.

“With these impressive outcomes, Seton Hall Law contrasts with widespread news reports that many law schools are admitting less qualified students who are not passing the bar,” said Kathleen M. Boozang, Dean and Professor of Law.

“Five years ago, despite declining law school enrollment nationwide, Seton Hall Law made the strategic decision to maintain our admissions standards," Dean Boozang continued. "As a result, our bar pass rates have remained consistently strong, and our employment outcomes are consistently ranked among the leading schools in the nation. This is just one manifestation of Seton Hall Law distinguishing itself by anticipating the ever-changing demands of the economy and the legal employment market,”

“I give our graduates all of the credit,” she concluded. “We could not be prouder of them.”

Seton Hall University School of Law, New Jersey's only private law school and a leading Catholic law school in the New York metropolitan area, is dedicated to preparing students for the practice of law through excellence in scholarship and teaching, with a strong focus on clinical education. Its compliance programs for law, graduate students as well as mid-career professionals in health, life sciences, and financial services are second to none. Founded in 1951, Seton Hall Law School is located in Newark and offers both day and evening degree programs.


Janet LeMonnier
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October 303, 2015