Jurisdictions reported 68,198 persons taking the bar examination in 2018, with an overall pass rate of 54%. The overall pass rate for the 21,822 February 2018 exam takers reported by jurisdictions was 41%; the overall pass rate for the 46,376 July 2018 exam takers reported by jurisdictions was 60%. In 2018, 4% of examinees were graduates of non-ABA-approved law schools, with a pass rate of 14%; 11% of examinees were graduates of law schools outside the USA, with a pass rate of 30%.

See the 2018 Statistics for data reported by jurisdictions on the February and July administrations of the bar examination—including breakdowns by source of legal education, first-timer and repeater status, and more—as well as national score distributions, examinee counts, and mean scaled scores for the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), and scores earned and transferred by jurisdiction for the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE).

2018 Statistics

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