The Campaign For DA

5.11.2015

Random Bar Exam Passing Rate Results


Either the test was much harder this year or there is something different about those taking the test.

21 comments:

wordkyle said...

It would be useful to know how many took the test in previous years. If the numbers are considerably lower this year, one or two people not passing would have a more significant impact on the percentages. Didn't I read that law school enrollment is falling?

Anonymous said...

Man, University of Houston certainly had a HUGE drop in passing percentage from previous year.

DF Bill Hobby

Anonymous said...

The pass rates for the February exam are always a little askew. Since the majority of people graduate in May, they first sit for (and pass) the bar in July, so the July exam has a much larger sample size. Like it has already been mentioned, the larger sample size means a swing of a few people passing/failing from one school doesn't throw things off as much.

This also means that the February exam is largely composed of the folks who didn't pass in July, and those individuals are statistically less likely to pass the exam on subsequent attempts. Combined with the smaller sample size, this can skew things, too.

Anonymous said...

That is way to many damn law schools.

Katy Anders said...

12:39: Yeah, the attorneys in my office were comparing February and July pass rates a little while ago. February has about 1/10th the people taking it and they are apparently a hodge podge group. Their scores are lower.

The bar has a high pass rate, overall! The July tests we were looking at had an 86% pass rate for Texas schools and an 81% pass rate overall.

Anonymous said...

12:39: it says these are first time test takers. This leads me to question why would someone who already graduated be taking the test for the first time in February? (not questioning what you said--just wondering why there is an initial testing session in February. I don't know the bar exam schedule).
Looks like that generation of "everybody gets a trophy" is hitting the real world. How's that working out for you?

Anonymous said...

Bar exam in Texas is only offered in Feb and July, so are these Feb. testers December grads?

Goober said...

Looks to me like some of these high-falutin' law schools are slipping. Texas Southern, which is arguably one of the weakest law schools in the state has maintained a relatively steady passing rate through the years.

Anonymous said...

Let's hope it's falling because people are starting to have morals again.

;)

Anonymous said...

What really sticks out about the chart is that Texas Tech does a much better job of preparing its students for the bar. Or all the smart kids go there.

DF Red Raider

mzchief said...

To Anonymous 12:29...

If you read the small print, the numbers represent the results "for first-time test-takers who are Texas law school graduates."

Anonymous said...

So the test is pretty easy? Figures

Anonymous said...

The percentages count only first-time takers.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Well, BG, what do you think ol' Dean Toben is up to down there in Waco? We came in third? Glad Mad Dog went to greener pastures before the numbers came out.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Not necessarily the Baylor ones. At Baylor, they're on the quarter system, so you can actually earn enough credits to take the bar before graduation. I took (and passed) the bar during PCII. That was a bitch of a quarter. My row got a couple of extra reports because of me.

Rage

Anonymous said...

12:39 here -

Yep, missed the note about first-time takers. Looking at the full stats, though, my premise was correct: the repeat-takers pass rate was just 56.93% (for grads from Texas schools).

http://www.ble.state.tx.us/pdfs/Statistics/2015Feb.pdf

First-time testers may choose the February exam for a number of reasons, including December graduation or because they're from out of state. In addition, you can take the February bar before you actually graduate in May, so long as you have taken all but four (or fewer) of the total hours required and meet all of the other requirements to graduate. But you're still not eligible to receive your license until you've both passed the bar and received your license.

Anonymous said...

3:40/12:39----

So your telling us that you aren't eligible to receive a license until you have already received a license?

Odd, that

Anonymous said...

5:35

I was thinking your point was odd.

Please show us your license.

Anonymous said...

I hear a 128 count box of Crayola crayons is required to pass the test. The box has a built in sharpener.

Anonymous said...

5:35 -

Haha - yep, another subpar comment, this time due to poor editing. I meant you don't get your license until you pass the bar & graduate. At this point, I give up on commenting. I'm clearly not up to the challenge.

I have passed the bar, though, so I've got that going for me...

Anonymous said...

You're probably a crappy lawyer too, 9:10.

Oh wait...... That statement is kinda redundant.