The passage rate for Albany Law School first-time bar exam takers climbed to 83% in results announced on October 19, 2023 by the New York State Board of Law Examiners. Albany Law ranks eighth of the 15 law schools in New York State in passing rate.
In total, 100 of 121 first-time New York bar takers from Albany Law School passed the July exam. The 12-point increase from July 2022 puts Albany Law in line with the 83% passing rate for first-time takers from ABA Approved New York law schools.
“We should all be very proud of our students and our entire bar success team!” said Albany Law School President and Dean Cinnamon P. Carlarne in a message to the law school community. “I want to extend deep thanks and appreciation to the entire team of faculty and staff who have worked with, taught, and supported our students. I also want to extend a very specific and sincere thank you to [Professor] Dan Bollana who has worked tirelessly to support our students and offer them the best possible resources and support.”
"I'd like to echo the thanks to all who have supported our students throughout their entire law school journey. It truly takes a village, as they say," Bollana said in a separate message.
The 2016 Albany Law graduate is the law school's Director of Bar Success and an Assistant Professor. "Special thanks to all who served as bar mentors during the bar prep season, the students and I appreciate it. Finally, my deepest gratitude to Professor Kanika Johar ’13 who plays a vital role in the supplemental support we provide graduates every bar prep season. I truly could not do this without her."
Overall, the New York State Board of Law Examiners tested 9,779 candidates in total, including U.S. domestic-educated candidates and foreign-educated candidates, first-time and repeat takers. Of those candidates, 6,481 passed. A total of 5,532 Juris Doctor graduates from all American Bar Association accredited law schools who took the bar examination for the first time in July 2023 passed for a rate of 85%. More information is available at nybarexam.org.