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UPR law school grad earns top score on bar exam

René Hernández González, second from left, achieved the highest bar exam score on his first attempt. He also received the Faculty Grand Prize and the Criminal Law Award as the UPR School of Law graduate with the highest academic average.

By The Star Staff

René Hernández González, a member of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) School of Law’s class of 2023, earned the highest score on the bar exam offered in September by the Board of Examiners of Candidates for the Legal Profession.

Hernández González achieved the feat on his first attempt after completing his Juris Doctor studies Summa Cum Laude in May of this year. At the 2023 Recognition and Achievement Ceremony, he received the Faculty Grand Prize and the Criminal Law Award as the law school graduate with the highest academic average.

When he learned that he had passed the bar exam, Hernández González said he felt great personal relief and immense happiness, which he shared with those closest to him. As for his grade-point achievement, he said he never sought it and accepted it as another reward for the sacrifices made. He added that “law is no stranger to me because my grandfather was a lawyer, my father is a lawyer and my two brothers are also lawyers, so I was always influenced in an environment with a high sense of justice.”

That is why, although at some point he envisioned taking a different path, he never ruled out the study of law and saw it, and continues to see it, as a vehicle for achieving a better Puerto Rico and a fairer society.

After learning the results, Dean Vivian I. Neptune Rivera contacted Hernández González to congratulate him and let him know how proud she is of his accomplishment.

“We recognize the performance of our students and congratulate them,” she said in a written statement. “To those who did not achieve the long-awaited ‘PASS,’ they count on us to achieve the desired goal.”

UPR President Luis Ferrao Delgado said: “The University of Puerto Rico School of Law has always distinguished itself by the quality of its educational offerings.”

“My warmest congratulations to the student Rene Hernández, with the certainty that this achievement [...] is a faithful testimony of the success that awaits him in his professional life,” he said.

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