State By State Requirements to Become a Lawyer

2020 Bar Exam Pass Rates By State

The numbers below list percentage of passing the bar exam rates by Jurisdiction. 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 Exam Date(s) Exam Pass Rate Results Release Date
Alabama (exam #1) July 28–29 71.1% September 25
Alabama (exam #2) Sept. 30–Oct. 1 29.1% November 13
Alaska Sept. 9–10 80% November 10
Arizona (exam #1) July 28–29 81% October 9
Arizona (exam #2) Oct. 5–6    
Arkansas July 28–29 80.5% September 4
California Oct. 5–6    
Colorado July 28–29 78% October 8
Connecticut Oct. 5–6 67.5% December 11
Delaware July 2020 exam CANCELED    
District of Columbia Oct. 5–6 76.4% December 11
Florida Oct. 13 71.7% November 20
Georgia Oct. 5–6 68.2% December 14 
Hawaii Sept. 9–10    
Idaho (exam #1) July 28–29 76.7% September 16
Idaho (exam #2) Oct. 5–6    
Illinois Oct. 5–6  75% December 1
Indiana Aug. 4 78% October 2
Iowa July 28–29 83% September 11
Kansas (exam #1) July 28–29 (Pass rate not published)  
Kansas (exam #2) Sept. 9–10 (Pass rate not published)  
Kentucky Oct. 5–6     
Louisiana (exam #1) Aug. 24    
Louisiana (exam #2) Oct. 20    
Maine Sept. 30–Oct. 1  86%  November 13
Maryland Oct. 5–6  70% November 30
Massachusetts Oct. 5–6  76.7% December 8
Michigan July 28 68% October 27
Minnesota (exam #1) July 28–29 90.70% October 5
Minnesota (exam #2) Sept. 9–10 67.71%  November 6 
Mississippi July 28–29 78.9% September 10
Missouri July 28–29 84.2% September 16
Montana July 28–29 86% September 18
Nebraska (exam #1) July 28–29 89% September 3
Nebraska (exam #2) Sept. 9–10    
Nevada Aug. 11–12 64% October 29
New Hampshire Oct. 5–6  75% November 30
New Jersey Oct. 5–6   66.14%  December 23
New Mexico Sept. 9–10 89% October 16
New York Oct. 5–6  84% December 16
North Carolina July 28–29 83% August 31
North Dakota July 28–29 76% September 8
Ohio Oct. 5–6  77.4% November 30
Oklahoma July 28–29 80% September 3
Oregon (exam #1) July 28–29 93% September 25
Oregon (exam #2) Oct. 5–6    
Pennsylvania Oct. 5–7 75.8% December 11
Rhode Island Sept. 30–Oct. 1    
South Carolina July 28–29 71.69% October 9
South Dakota July 28–29 70.5% September 15
Tennessee Oct. 5–6  74.89% December 9
Texas (exam #1) Sept. 9–10 76.66% November 4
Texas (exam #2) Oct. 5–6 60.13% December 14
Utah Sept. 30–Oct. 1    
Vermont Oct. 5–6     
Virginia (exam #1) July 28–29 87.47% October 16
Virginia (exam #2) Sept. 10 75.51% November 20
Washington (exam #1) July 28–29 85.9% September 12
Washington (exam #2) Sept. 9–10 37.8% October 17
West Virginia July 28–29 77% September 4
Wisconsin July 28–29 69% September 2 
Wyoming (exam #1) July 28–29 85% September 10
Wyoming (exam #2) Sept. 30–Oct. 1    
Guam July 2020 exam CANCELED    
Northern Mariana Islands July 28–29    
Palau July 2020 exam CANCELED    
Puerto Rico Nov. 14    
Virgin Islands Oct. 5–6     

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

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