NEW YORK, Nov 2 (Reuters) - From Amy Elizabeth Abbandondelo to Jonathon Albert Zytnick, thousands of prospective lawyers are celebrating passing the New York State bar exam administered last July. Candidates were notified of their exam results by email beginning Wednesday; Reuters received the full list of those who passed, which will be officially posted tomorrow on the website of the New York State Board of Law Examiners.
The pass rate for the July exam was 69.2 percent, down slightly from last year, according to data released on Tuesday by the board. This is the third year in a row that pass rates have fallen.
The number of candidates who took the two-day bar exam on July 26 and July 27 totaled 11,182. The pass rate was just under one percent lower than in 2010, when the rate was 70 percent.
First-time bar takers from law schools accredited by the American Bar Association fared better than last year, however: their pass rate rose by half a percent, to 86.1 percent.
The pass rate for those who graduated from ABA-accredited law schools was 80.8 percent, significantly higher than the rate for foreign-educated candidates -- who made up approximately 25 percent of the total, and 35.4 percent of whom passed.
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(Reporting by Moira Herbst)
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