Bar Exam Performance

Our graduates normally exceed the state average for first-time test takers. The key is careful preparation for the exam. Below is historical data for the bar exam in Missouri and Kansas. Kansas is the primary jurisdiction for the bar exam, followed closely by Missouri.

Kansas Bar Exam Detail

Date KU First Time KU All State Average
Taking Passing Pass Rate Taking Passing Pass Rate Pass Rate
7/17 44 39 88.6% 45 40 88.8% 79.0%
2/17 7 5 71.4% 16 8 50.0% 66.0%
7/16 59 46 77.9% 60 47 78.3% 79.2%
2/16 5 3 60.0% 6 4 66.6% 56.1%
7/15 24 22 91.6% 27 24 88.8% 76.1%
2/15 3 3 100% 9 9 100% 81.5%
7/14 57 47 82.40% 59 47 79.69% 78.70%
2/14 30 29 96.70% 34 31 91.20% 86.00%
7/13 60 53 89.00% 76 64 87.00% 82.00%
2/13 25 23 92.00% 30 26 86.60% 90.00%
7/12 60 55 91.60% 67 58 86.50% 86.00%
2/12 14 12 85.70% 17 14 82.30% 80.20%

Missouri Bar Exam Detail

Date KU First Time KU All State Average
Taking Passing Pass Rate Taking Passing Pass Rate Pass Rate
7/17 36 32 88.9% 37 33 89.2% 84.7%
2/17 4 2 50.0% 8 4 50.0% 65.7%
7/16 28 25 89.3% 32 29 90.6% 79.4%
2/16 8 8 100% 14 13 92.9% 74.3%
7/15 75 71 94.7% 80 73 91.3% 84.0%
2/15 7 7 100% 27 22 81.5% 77.7%
7/14 39 34 87.18% 45 38 84.44% 85.35%
2/14 6 5 83.33% 13 10 76.93% 80.53%
7/13 48 43 89.58% 53 47 88.68% 88.60%
2/13 3 2 66.67% 19 18 94.74% 82.19%
7/12 38 37 97.37% 43 41 95.35% 90.35%
2/12 8 7 87.50% 35 32 91.43% 82.46%

KU Law graduates have also consistently performed well on bar exams in other states including California, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Nevada, New York and Pennsylvania.


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