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Wake Forest University Law School graduates top N.C. bar passage rate

Wake Forest University School of Law graduates had the top bar passage rate among North Carolina universities for first timers taking the N.C. bar exam in July.

Ninety-seven percent of Wake Forest graduates taking the state bar exam for the first time passed, according to the N.C. Board of Law Examiners.

Wake Forest graduates tied with Duke University graduates for the top bar passage rate, which includes first-timers as well as students who were repeating the exam, at 96 percent.

Of Wake Forest’s 76 first-time bar exam takers, 74 passed, while three of the four repeaters passed.

“We are obviously pleased with the results,” said Wake Forest University School of Law Dean Blake Morant. “The exemplary bar passage rate is a testament to our students’ hard work and determination, and hopefully signals the strength of our academic program.”

Both Wake Forest and Duke graduates topped last year’s top performer on the bar exam Campbell University, which had a 93 percent overall passage rate.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had an 89 percent passage rate, while North Carolina Central University had a 77 percent passage rate.

The two-section exam includes 12 essay questions designed to test knowledge of North Carolina law and 200 multiple-choice questions that test general knowledge of U.S. law.