Paul L. Caron

Saturday, November 21, 2020

October 2020 Florida Bar Exam Results: Florida International Is #1 For 6th Year In A Row

Florida Bar 2The October 2020 Florida bar passage rates by school are out. The overall pass rate for first-time takers is 71.7%, down 2.2 percentage points from last year. For the sixth 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 (89.3%)

Florida Int'l

4 (90)

2 (84.4%)

Florida State

2 (50)

3 (83.9%)


1 (24)

4 (74.4%)


5 (105)

5 (72.56%)


3 (67)

6 (67.4%)


Tier 2

7 (66.9%)

St. Thomas

Tier 2

8 (65.9%)

Ave Maria

Tier 2

9 (61.7%)

Florida A&M

Tier 2

10 (61.2%)


Tier 2

11 (57.6%)

Florida Coastal

Tier 2

For discussion of how Florida International graduates consistently overperform on the bar exam, see:

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We need two more columns on this spreadsheet. One column to show the attrition rate of 1Ls. Another column to show the percentage of grads who are employed in JD-required jobs within 12 months of graduation.

Posted by: Andy Patterson | Nov 22, 2020 11:18:52 AM

Ah, I still fondly remember the year my alma mater crowed about having the highest bar passage rate in Massachusetts. Strangely enough, they weren't nearly as vocal about how they only had the 4th or 5th highest percentage of grads who got, you know, actual jobs as lawyers that year. It's been some time now, but as I recall that percentage was on the wrong side of 50%.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Nov 21, 2020 1:13:38 PM

All law schools should adopt proven, effective teaching approaches as FIU had done. See How to Grow a Lawyer at

Posted by: Scott Fruehwald | Nov 21, 2020 9:39:23 AM