Fourty-four percent pass February bar exam
Results Publicly Available Online
NEW YORK — The New York State Board of Law Examiners has released the results of the February 2012 bar examination, and graduates of accredited law schools who took the exam for the first time achieved a passing rate of 69 percent.
The Board examined 4,011 candidates during the two days of testing conducted on February 27 and 28.
The number of foreign-educated candidates sitting for the New York bar examination was 1,677, which accounts for 42 percent of all candidates that took the February examination. The July bar exam tends to be more popular with graduating law students in the United States.
The passing rate for all foreign-educated candidates was 31 percent, resulting in a 44 percent passing rate for all candidates, including U. S. domestic-educated candidates and foreign-educated candidates, both first-time and repeat takers.
Candidates received electronic notification of their examination results last week.
A complete list of candidates passing the February 2012 bar examination is available to the public on the Board's website at www.nybarexam.org.
Successful candidates are certified for admission to the Appellate Division, and must appear before the Committee on Character and Fitness — whose members are appointed by the appropriate Appellate Division — to be examined as to their character and fitness before being admitted to the bar.
Candidates are not certified for admission until the Board receives proof that they have successfully completed the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, as required by the Rules of the New York State Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law.
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