Wake Forest Law graduates continue to score high on North Carolina bar exam

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Wake Forest Law graduates, at 81 percent, had one of the highest bar passage rates for first-time takers of the North Carolina exam in July 2016.

Only Duke Law School, with the smallest number of graduates sitting for the North Carolina bar, had a higher pass percentage for first-time takers, according to the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners.

“I’m proud to say Wake Forest Law is first among schools with a substantial percentage of their graduates sitting for the North Carolina bar,” says Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77), who credited the recent graduates’ hard work and enhanced bar preparation programs for the law school’s strong bar passage rate.

Of Wake Forest’s 80 first-time bar exam takers, 65 passed. That’s compared with a state overall passage rate for first-time takers of 66 percent.

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