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The rate this year for law school graduates passing the bar exam hit a record low of 25.4 percent, down 2.2 percentage points from last year, the Justice Ministry said Thursday.

The number of people who passed, however, increased by 31 to a record 2,074. There were 8,163 graduates who took the exam, and of those who passed 1,482 were men and 592 were women. The ages of those who made the grade ranged from 24 to 66, with the average coming in at a little over 29 years old.

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