Bar Examination and Admission Statistics

Statistics on bar examinations and admissions are grouped by calendar year PDF. Data are provided, by jurisdiction, on the following categories. (Note: as NCBE’s annual statistics publication was expanded over the years, some of the categories listed below are not included for earlier years.)

  • the number of persons taking and passing bar examinations;
  • the number taking and passing bar examinations categorized by source of legal education;
  • the number of and passage rates for first-time exam takers and repeaters, both overall and for graduates of ABA-approved law schools;
  • the number of and passage rates for graduates of non-ABA-approved law schools by type of school;
  • the number of attorney candidates taking and passing special Attorneys’ Examinations; and
  • the number of disbarred or suspended attorneys taking and passing examinations as a condition of reinstatement.

Also included are the following:

  • a chart showing a longitudinal view of bar passage rates, both overall and for first-time takers, over a 10-year period;
  • a chart displaying relative admissions to the bar by examination, on motion, and by diploma privilege; and
  • a five-year snapshot, by jurisdiction, of the number of persons in these categories (admission by examination, on motion, and by diploma privilege) admitted to the bar as well as the number of individuals licensed as foreign legal consultants.

Data were supplied by the jurisdictions. In reviewing the data, the reader should keep in mind that some individuals seek admission in more than one jurisdiction in a given year.

The following national data are shown for the administrations of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE):

  • summary statistics,
  • score distributions,
  • examinee counts over a 10-year period, and
  • mean scaled scores over a 10-year period.

The use, by jurisdiction, is illustrated for the MBE, the MPRE, the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).

 

Bar Examination and Admission Statistics (PDF)

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For statistics for years prior to those listed above, please contact NCBE at 608-280-8550 or at contact_editor@ncbex.org.