Paul L. Caron
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Thursday, September 9, 2021

U.S. News Law School Rankings: Bar Exam Performance

U.S. News & World Report, How to Assess Law School Bar Passage Rates:

Here is a list of the 10 ranked law schools in the 2022 U.S. News Best Law Schools rankings whose first-time bar exam pass rates exceeded the average by the greatest margin within the jurisdiction where their graduates most frequently took the bar.

Law School 

2019 Bar Rank

2020 Median LSAT

2019 State Bar Pass Rate 1st-Time Test-Takers

2019 Overall State Bar Pass Rate

2019 Over-performance

U.S. News Overall Rank

Stanford 1 171 92.4% (CA) 59.5% 55.3% 2
UC-Berkeley 2 168 88.7% (CA) 59.5% 49.1% 9
UCLA 3 169 87.5% (CA) 59.5% 47.1% 14
USC 4 167 86.6% (CA) 59.5% 45.5% 19
UC-Davis 5 163 85.3% (CA) 59.5% 43.4% 35
Pepperdine 6 162 81.0% (CA) 59.5% 36.13% 46
Virginia 7 170 100% (NY) 73.5% 36.05% 8
UC-Irvine 8 166 80.6% (CA) 59.5% 35.5% 35
Pennsylvania 9 170 99.2% (NY) 73.5% 35.0% 6
Harvard 10 173 98.9% (NY) 73.5% 34.6% 3

Alumni of Stanford Law School, which boasted an impressive median LSAT score of 171, beat their state average bar exam results by the greatest amount compared to all other ranked law schools that reported those figures, achieving a bar pass rate 55.3 percentage points higher than the norm within the state of California.

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