Paul L. Caron

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Bar Applicants Do Better On In-Person Exams Than Online Exams

ABA Journal, Did Bar Candidates Who Had a Choice Do Better on In-Person or Remote Exams?:

Most jurisdictions saw bar exam pass rates increase in 2020, regardless of whether they had in-person or online exams. However, in three states that offered both types of exams, online test-takers didn’t do as well.


In-Person Pass Rate (Takers)

Online Pass Rate (Takers)


80.7% (399)

43.9% (189)


76.7% (120)

32.1% (28)


76.7% (1,037)

60.1% (1,116)

Adam Chodorow, the vice dean at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, thinks there may be various reasons bar candidates in his state did better on the in-person exam.

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