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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

New ABA Bar Data: Ultimate 2-Year Pass Rate Increased 1 Percentage Point; Ten Law Schools Fell Short of 75% Accreditation Threshold

Press Release, ABA Section of Legal Education Releases Comprehensive Report on Bar Passage Data:

The Managing Director’s Office of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar released today a comprehensive set of data on bar passage outcomes for American Bar Association-approved law schools. Spreadsheets are available on the section’s webpage under Legal Education Statistics, which report these outcomes under ABA Required Disclosures on a school-by-school basis and in more detail.

The new data shows that in the aggregate, 91.17% of 2019 law graduates who sat for a bar exam passed it within two years of graduation (91.27% with Diploma Privilege). The two-year “ultimate” aggregate success rate is slightly better than the 90.10% comparable figure for 2018 graduates. 

Here are the Top 50 law schools in two-year ultimate bar passage rates:

Rank  Law School % Passers
1.   BELMONT 100.00%
1.   MARQUETTE 100.00%
3.   UC-BERKELEY 99.69%
4.   DUKE 99.54%
5.   CHICAGO 99.49%
6.   GEORGE MASON 99.36%
7.   VIRGINIA 99.30%
8.   BAYLOR 99.29%
9.   HARVARD 99.29%
10. ALABAMA 99.21%
11. YALE 99.04%
12. STANFORD 98.88%
13. MINNESOTA 98.69%
14. NORTHWESTERN 98.69%
15. MICHIGAN 98.34%
16. CAMPBELL 98.13%
17. NYU 98.11%
18. UCLA 98.08%
19. LIBERTY 98.04%
20. PENNSYLVANIA 97.97%
21. CORNELL 97.93%
22. OHIO STATE 97.87%
23. UC-IRVINE 97.86%
24. GEORGIA STATE 97.85%
25. FLORIDA 97.83%
26. BOSTON UNIVERSITY 97.61%
27. NOTRE DAME 97.37%
28. WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY 97.30%
29. TEXAS 97.29%
30. BOSTON COLLEGE 97.20%
31. WASHINGTON & LEE 97.20%
32. FLORIDA INT'L 97.16%
33. OKLAHOMA 97.09%
34. VANDERBILT 97.06%
35. ILLINOIS 96.72%
36. FORDHAM 96.71%
37. TEXAS A&M 96.69%
38. GEORGIA 96.67%
39. GEORGETOWN 96.43%
40. NEW MEXICO 96.30%
41. UTAH 96.20%
42. CARDOZO 96.04%
43. COLORADO 95.95%
44. FLORIDA STATE 95.88%
45. WILLIAM & MARY 95.81%
46. KANSAS 95.74%
47. MONTANA 95.65%
48. SAMFORD 95.59%
49. COLUMBIA 95.58%
50. GEORGE WASHINGTON 95.46%

First-time takers in 2021 achieved an aggregate 79.86% pass rate (80.28% with Diploma Privilege), which is approximately a 3-percentage point decrease over the comparable 83.66% pass rate (with Diploma Privilege) for 2020. Consistent with last year, those admitted to the practice of law solely based on their graduation status are considered bar passers.

Ten law schools fell short of the 75% accreditation threshold:

WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 74.00%
APPALACHIAN 73.33%
UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO 69.87%
VERMONT 67.54%
AVE MARIA 67.21%
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 66.67%
GOLDEN GATE 66.67%
INTER AMERICAN UNIV. OF P.R. 60.00%
WESTERN MICHIGAN  59.51%
PONTIFICAL CATHOLIC UNIV. OF P.R. 45.53%

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