Paul L. Caron

Monday, September 18, 2017

July 2017 Florida Bar Exam Results: Florida International Is #1 For 3rd Year In A Row

Florida Bar 2The July 2017 Florida bar passage rates by school are out. The overall pass rate for first-time takers is 71.3%, up 3.1 percentage points from last year. For the third year in a row, Florida International is #1. Here are the results for the 11 Florida law schools, along with each school's U.S. News ranking (Florida and overall):

Bar Pass

Rank (Rate)



US News Rank

FL (Overall)

1 (87.8%)

Florida Int'l

5 (100)

2 (84.2%)


3 (77)

3 (83.9%)

Florida State

2 (48)

4 (77.0%)


1 (41)

5 (76.8%)


4 (96)

6 (70.2%)


Tier 2

7 (63.6%)

St. Thomas

Tier 2

8 (58.9%)


Tier 2

9 (51.3%)

Ave Maria

Tier 2

9 (51.3%)

Florida A&M

Tier 2

11 (47.7%)

Florida Coastal

Tier 2

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FIU's success is no coincidence. They have established a rigorous progam of legal education. You can find a description of the program at FIU's success proves that law schools can establish effective educational programs if they want to.

See also my post on FIU: A Legal Education Success Story at Florida International University at

Posted by: Scott Fruehwald | Sep 18, 2017 6:23:34 PM

FIU has been on a roll despite having a much worse US News rating than Florida, Florida State, and Miami. Could it be that ratings by law school professors are based more on name recognition (hey, I know those schools from Saturday afternoon football!) than by any useful knowledge about law schools once you get past the top 20 or 25?

Posted by: PaulB | Sep 18, 2017 5:16:06 PM

Interesting... so a 62% first-time CA bar exam pass rate in 2016 creates outrage and condemnation amongst law school deans over the MBE passing score and all the rest of it, but a 68% FL first-time pass rate in 2016 warrants crickets. Their MBE pass rate is just 136, incidentally, since no one is complaining about their almost-CA-bad pass rate.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Sep 18, 2017 4:11:14 PM