11.23.09 — With a 97.3 percent pass rate, Northeastern graduates had the second highest bar pass rate for first-time test takers of the July 2009 Massachusetts bar, according to data released by the Board of Bar Examiners.

Among all Massachusetts law schools, only Harvard Law School graduates' first-time pass rate of 98.9 percent exceeded Northeastern's.

"We are thrilled, but not surprised, that our students fared so well on the bar exam," said Dean Emily Spieler. "The combination of a solid foundation in the classroom and the hands-on supervised field work that our students obtain through their co-op placements, produces graduates with superior skills."