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Bar Exam in progress

Bar Exam in progress

More than 1,500 hopeful lawyers-to-be converged on the Baltimore Convention Center Tuesday morning for the two-day Maryland Bar Exam.

Despite the inevitable exam-day nerves, the odds are good that three out of four of them will pass. The overall pass rate for the July 2013 exam was 78 percent, and for first-timers taking the test, it was 83 percent, according to the Maryland State Board of Law Examiners. Both those rates were up slightly from 2012.

The overall passage rates were even higher for test-takers from local law schools: 83 percent for University of Baltimore School of Law grads, and 79.6 percent for the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

The exam is given each year in February and July. Results for the July exam generally come out in November.

All told, SBLE Executive Director Jeffrey C. Shipley said he expected about 1,550 test-takers at the convention center, while about 40 more people who required testing accommodations will take the exam on the UB Law campus.

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