State By State Requirements to Become a Lawyer

2011 Bar Exam Pass Rates By State

The numbers below are the number of people taking and passing the bar exam by state. That includes first time takers, repeat takers from both ABA-approved schools and non-ABA-approved law schools. View more detailed information about bar exams in your state here.

Jurisdiction
Taking
% Passing
Alabama
217
56%
Alaska
58
66%
Arizona
270
67%
Arkansas
148
65%
California
4364
42%
Colorado
447
76%
Connecticut
284
69%
District of Columbia
210
50%
Florida
1347
67%
Georgia
439
69%
Hawaii
109
83%
Idaho
64
73%
Illinois
884
75%
Indiana
263
70%
Iowa
86
73%
Kansas
158
88%
Kentucky
212
75%
Louisiana
382
54%
Maine
64
55%
Maryland
536
65%
Massachusetts
578
64%
Michigan
463
76%
Minnesota
204
78%
Mississippi
101
65%
Missouri
279
85%
Montana
60
93%
Nebraska
23
39%
Nevada
221
63%
New Hampshire
60
82%
New Jersey
937
63%
New Mexico
157
85%
New York
3881
48%
North Carolina
426
60%
North Dakota
22
91%
Ohio
397
70%
Oklahoma
115
84%
Oregon
268
60%
Pennsylvania
692
70%
Rhode Island
76
54%
South Carolina
248
70%
South Dakota
27
93%
Tennessee
294
60%
Texas
1150
75%
Utah
151
80%
Vermont
41
68%
Virginia
509
61%
Washington
479
68%
West Virginia
83
72%
Wisconsin
114
82%
Wyoming
54
67%


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

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