Only 38% Pass the Puerto Rican Bar Exam

SAN JUAN (AP) May 21, 2004 Only 38% of 326 hopeful lawyer candidates passed the bar exam issued in March, said on Friday the Aspiring Attorney and Notary Examination Board.

Of the 325 that took the bar exam in March only 125 passed. They will now have to wait to be sworn by Puerto Rico Supreme Court Chief Justice Miriam Naveira in order to lawfully practice law.

Passing the bar exam is a requirement of all who have completed law school and wish to lawfully practice law or offer legal services in Puerto Rico.

Executive Director of the Examination Board Sigfrido Steidel Figueroa said that of the 200 students who took the notary law portion of the exam, 55% or 110 passed.