Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

July 2018 Florida Bar Exam Results: Florida International Is #1 For 4th Year In A Row

Florida Bar 2The July 2018 Florida bar passage rates by school are out. The overall pass rate for first-time takers is 67.2%, down 4.1 percentage points from last year. For the fourth 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 (88.1%)

Florida Int'l

5 (101)

2 (84.8%)

Florida State

2 (47)

3 (83.2%)


3 (65)

4 (70.9%)


1 (41)

5 (70.2%)

St. Thomas

Tier 2

6 (67.2%)


4 (98)

7 (62.5%)

Florida Coastal

Tier 2

8 (58.5%)

Ave Maria

Tier 2

9 (50.6%)

Florida A&M

Tier 2

10 (45.2%)


Tier 2

11 (42.9%)


Tier 2

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So if I want to pass the Florida bar, I have a better chance if I go to Florida International University College of Law. Oh well, I went to UF...for my LL.M....and I still passed the Florida bar.

Posted by: Hugh A Greentree | Sep 24, 2018 1:39:38 PM

"There is no reason anyone who went to law school and passed should fail the bar exam. None"

There are a lot of people who do not belong in law school. There are law schools that accept applicants on their ability to pay (e.g., take out loans) vs their academic aptitude.

Posted by: Chris P. | Sep 23, 2018 5:24:33 PM

"Big deal. All they do is teach to the test."

I have heard that about law schools before as if that's a bad thing. Sure, the bar exam doesn't really have that much to do with the way most people practice, but here's the thing. If one cannot commit themselves to passing the bar exam, why should I put my case, which could make or break my life, into that person's hands? There is no reason anyone who went to law school and passed should fail the bar exam. None.

Posted by: Brian | Sep 18, 2018 5:52:33 PM

FIU is using an innovative approach to legal education. All law schools can do this. Why aren't they?

Posted by: Scott Fruehwald | Sep 18, 2018 9:12:32 AM