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Bar exam results posted

Grading has been completed for the February 2012 bar examination, as announced last week by the state Board of Law Examiners.


The board examined 4,011 candidates during the two days of testing on Feb. 27 and 28. Graduates of law schools accredited by the American Bar Association who took the bar examination for the first time achieved a passing rate of 69 percent.


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 passing rate for all foreign-educated candidates was 31 percent, resulting in the passing rate for all candidates, including U.S. domestic-educated candidates and foreign-educated candidates, first time and repeat takers, being 44 percent.


Candidates received electronic notification of their examination results on May 2. A complete list of passing candidates is available to the public on the board’s website at


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.


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.