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Monday, April 26, 2021

Law School Rankings By Ultimate Bar Passage Rates

The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has released comprehensive data on bar passage outcomes for ABA-accredited law schools:

The new data shows that in the aggregate, 89.99% of 2018 law graduates who sat for a bar exam passed it within two years of graduation (90.10% with Diploma Privilege). The two-year “ultimate” aggregate success rate is slightly better than the 89.47% comparable figure for 2017 graduates. The 2018 ultimate bar pass data also reveals that 94.98% of all graduates sat for a bar exam within two years of graduation, and that schools were able to obtain bar passage information from 98.84% of 2018 graduates.

First-time takers in 2020 achieved an aggregate 82.83% pass rate (83.66% with Diploma Privilege), which is a 3-percentage point increase over the comparable 79.64% pass rate for 2019. Diploma Privilege considers those waived into the practice of law without taking the bar because of special rules during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three law schools have a perfect 100% 2-year ultimate bar passage rate: Belmont, University of Chicago, and University of Washington. Here are the 107 law schools with ultimate bar passage rates of 90% or more (not including diploma privilege) (the full data for all 197 law schools is here):

1 Belmont 100.00%
1 Chicago 100.00%
1 Univ. of Washington 100.00%
4 Boston Univ. 99.55%
5 Cornell 99.49%
6 Pennsylvania 99.16%
7 Yale 99.04%
8 Virginia 98.99%
9 Stanford 98.91%
10 NYU 98.89%
11 Vanderbilt 98.86%
12 Florida Int'l 98.47%
13 UC-Berkeley 98.34%
14 Duke 98.14%
15 Harvard 97.86%
16 William & Mary 97.80%
17 Liberty 97.62%
18 Pittsburgh 97.56%
19 St. Louis 97.44%
20 Michigan 97.27%
21 North Carolina 97.24%
22 Minnesota 97.21%
23 George Washington 97.19%
24 Kentucky 97.12%
25 Columbia 97.07%
26 Texas 97.06%
27 Florida State 97.04%
28 Cardozo 97.03%
29 Georgia State 97.01%
30 St. John's 96.88%
31 Seton Hall 96.82%
32 BYU 96.72%
33 Toledo 96.49%
34 Oregon 96.46%
35 Oklahoma 96.32%
36 Fordham 96.29%
37 UCLA 96.25%
38 Samford 96.06%
39 Notre Dame 96.02%
40 Hawaii 96.00%
41 Texas Tech 95.92%
42 St. Thomas (MN) 95.88%
43 Utah 95.79%
44 SMU 95.73%
45 Washington Univ. 95.52%
46 Boston College 95.50%
47 Georgetown 95.47%
48 UC-Davis 95.35%
49 Colorado 95.29%
50 Georgia 95.24%
51 Illinois 95.17%
52 Ohio State 94.94%
53 Louisiana State 94.90%
53 New Mexico 94.90%
55 Texas A&M 94.78%
56 Alabama 94.74%
57 San Diego 94.59%
57 Washington & Lee 94.59%
59 Arizona State 94.55%
60 Campbell 94.53%
61 Missouri-Columbia 94.38%
61 South Texas 94.38%
63 New Hampshire 94.37%
64 Villanova 94.27%
65 Northeastern 94.16%
66 Syracuse 94.08%
67 Penn State-Univ. Park 94.07%
68 Cleveland State 93.90%
69 Nebraska 93.81%
70 Temple 93.63%
71 Oklahoma City 93.62%
72 South Carolina 93.58%
73 Penn State-Dickinson 93.55%
74 Duquesne 93.33%
75 Loyola-L.A. 93.26%
76 Regent 93.22%
77 Pepperdine 93.21%
78 Miami 93.13%
79 Tulsa 93.10%
80 George Mason 93.06%
81 USC 92.82%
82 Tennessee 92.79%
83 Houston 92.76%
84 Northwestern 92.56%
85 Maryland 92.46%
86 Florida 92.45%
87 Kansas 92.31%
88 UC-Irvine 92.04%
89 Massachusetts 91.84%
90 Richmond 91.76%
90 Loyola-Chicago 91.76%
92 Gonzaga 91.67%
93 Connecticut 91.46%
94 Baylor 91.23%
95 Washburn 91.21%
96 Lincoln Memorial 91.07%
97 Chapman 91.04%
98 Chicago-Kent 90.82%
99 Quinnipiac 90.59%
100 Indiana-Bloom. 90.54%
101 Louisville 90.38%
102 Santa Clara 90.32%
103 Case Western 90.27%
104 Brooklyn 90.22%
105 Maine 90.00%
105 Wake Forest 90.00%
105 Widener (PA) 90.00%

Ten law schools have pass rates below the 75% rate (including diploma privilege) in ABA accreditation standard 316, which requires a bar passage rate of at least 75% within two years of graduation:

188 Charleston 74.19%
189 Mississippi College 73.83%
190 Dayton 73.33%
191 Barry 67.26%
192 Western New England 64.79%
193 San Francisco 63.13%
194 Western Michigan 62.31%
195 Golden Gate 57.50%
196 Inter American (PR) 55.43%
197 Pontifical Catholic (PR) 52.08%

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