Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Law.com, NY State Bar Exam Pass Rates Plummet:
Only 63 percent of those who took the New York State bar exam in July passed, a drop of 5 percentage points from 2017.
Those who attended ABA-accredited law schools and took the New York exam for the first time performed markedly better with an 83 percent passing rate but that was still down 3 percentage points from the previous year.
New York’s plummeting scores mirror performance on the bar examination nationwide, which sunk to a 34-year low, according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, which released results on the Multistate Bar Examination in September.
The number of students taking the test in New York has decreased as well. The board examined 9,679 candidates, including U.S. domestic-educated candidates and foreign-educated candidates, first timers and repeat takers from July 24 to 25. That was 253 fewer candidates than last year, and the lowest number of candidates examined in a July administration since 2004.