John F. Kennedy Jr. is very happy that folks will stop calling him "the hunk that flunked."

The handsome Kennedy learned during the weekend that he passed the New York Bar examination after failing it the first two times."I got the word. I'm very relieved," Kennedy, 29, said Wednesday, managing a grin at a crowd of reporters and photographers waiting for him as he arrived for work in at the Manhattan district attorney's office.

If Kennedy had failed the bar exam again, he would have lost his $30,000-a-year job and his chances of passing on the third try were a point of conversation around town for weeks.

Once the state Appellate Division formally admits him to the bar, he will get a $1,000 raise.

Kennedy also heard last weekend that he had passed the Connecticut Bar exam.

A bachelor, Kennedy leads a relatively quiet life but attracts attention every time he shows up at a fashionable restaurant or night spot.