Pass rates for first time takers (class of 2006, regional schools):
1) Temple University - 91.16%
2) University of Pittsburgh - 90.34%
3) University of Pennsylvania - 89.47%
4) Dickinson School of Law (PSU) - 89.17%
5) Duquesne University - 88.32%
6) Villanova University - 85.47%
7) Rutgers University (Camden) - 81.20%
8 ) Widener University (PA) - 80.41%
9) Widener University (DE) - 76.73%
Hopefully Temple will get a bump in the rankings from this in the next set of rankings.
And here are my trollish, unjustified, and outrageous conclusions based on this data:
1) PA state schools are clearly superior to private schools! After all, Penn did get owned, not just by Temple, but by Pitt as well.
2) NJ law students are lazy. Rutgers Camden's student body LSAT scores are about the same as Temple's, suggesting that Rutger's student body is at least as adept at taking standardized tests, yet Camden lost to every other PA regional school in the 50-100 category.
3) Duquesne will surpass Villanova in the rankings next year.
Disclaimer: I am Temple Law '06, and I somehow (diligence, fearlessness & recklessness, mostly) managed to pass the PA bar
My advice to prospective bar takers: 1) Study consistently, every day 2) Pace yourself to avoid burnout 3) Don't panic. If you are diligent, the odds are overwhelmingly in your favor. The BarBri instructors will tell you this, and I think they're on the right track.