State By State Requirements to Become a Lawyer

10 Year Summary of Bar Exam Pass Rates Between 2002 and 2011

These numbers show the pass rates of the state bar exams for overall and first-time takers. View more detailed information about bar exams in your state here.

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Jurisdiction
2003
Alabama
Overall
58%
First-Time
77%
Alaska
Overall
56%
First-Time
73%
Arizona
Overall
67%
First-Time
74%
Arkansas
Overall
70%
First-Time
80%
California
Overall
45%
First-Time
61%
Colorado
Overall
70%
First-Time
75%
Connecticut
Overall
76%
First-Time
82%
Delaware
Overall
64%
First-Time
73%
District of Columbia
Overall
51%
First-Time
70%
Florida
Overall
67%
First-Time
76%
Georgia
Overall
70%
First-Time
84%
Hawaii
Overall
79%
First-Time
87%
Idaho
Overall
70%
First-Time
78%
Illinois
Overall
75%
First-Time
84%
Indiana
Overall
70%
First-Time
78%
Iowa
Overall
78%
First-Time
82%
Kansas
Overall
78%
First-Time
83%
Kentucky
Overall
70%
First-Time
76%
Louisiana
Overall
61%
First-Time
61%
Maine
Overall
64%
First-Time
76%
Maryland
Overall
62%
First-Time
72%
Massachusetts
Overall
65%
First-Time
79%
Michigan
Overall
67%
First-Time
75%
Minnesota
Overall
85%
First-Time
91%
Mississippi
Overall
86%
First-Time
92%
Missouri
Overall
73%
First-Time
82%
Montana
Overall
81%
First-Time
81%
Nebraska
Overall
79%
First-Time
84%
Nevada
Overall
61%
First-Time
65%
New Hampshire
Overall
60%
First-Time
63%
New Jersey
Overall
64%
First-Time
73%
New Mexico
Overall
81%
First-Time
84%
New York
Overall
63%
First-Time
75%
North Carolina
Overall
65%
First-Time
75%
North Dakota
Overall
75%
First-Time
78%
Ohio
Overall
68%
First-Time
78%
Oklahoma
Overall
71%
First-Time
80%
Oregon
Overall
72%
First-Time
79%
Pennsylvania
Overall
67%
First-Time
76%
Rhode Island
Overall
62%
First-Time
66%
South Carolina
Overall
75%
First-Time
80%
South Dakota
Overall
80%
First-Time
81%
Tennessee
Overall
75%
First-Time
80%
Texas
Overall
72%
First-Time
81%
Utah
Overall
87%
First-Time
90%
Vermont
Overall
75%
First-Time
82%
Virginia
Overall
65%
First-Time
73%
Washington
Overall
70%
First-Time
71%
West Virginia
Overall
62%
First-Time
71%
Wisconsin
Overall
74%
First-Time
81%
Wyoming
Overall
67%
First-Time
68%


(Source: http://www.ncbex.org/assets/media_files/Statistics/2011Statistics.pdf) Updated 4/9/12

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