Bar Exam Performance

Our graduates routinely exceed the state average for first-time test takers. The key is careful preparation for the exam, aided by KU Law's bar prep program.

Below are links to recent ABA bar passage reports and historical data for the bar exam in Kansas and Missouri. Kansas is the primary jurisdiction for the bar exam, followed closely by Missouri. Additional information about bar passage is available on the ABA Required Disclosures page.

Kansas Bar Exam Detail

  KU First Time State Average  
Year Taking Passing Pass Rate Pass Rate Percent Difference
2018 33 30 90.91% 74.78% 16.13%
2017 50 43 86% 81.51% 4.49%
2016 60 48 80% 77.4% 2.6%
2015 22 20 90.91% 82.01% 8.9%
2014 53 44 83.02% 86.36% -3.34%
2013 66 58 87.88% 89.16% -1.28%
2012 63 57 90.48% 88.57% 1.91%

Missouri Bar Exam Detail

  KU First Time State Average  
Year Taking Passing Pass Rate Pass Rate Percent Difference
2018 54 46 85.19% 82.1% 3.09%
2017 36 31 86.11% 86.3% -0.19%
2016 28 26 92.86% 83.48% 9.38%
2015 75 72 96% 87.34% 8.66%
2014 37 33 89.19% 87.59% 1.6%
2013 48 44 91.67% 90.44% 1.23%
2012 42 40 95.24% 92.11% 3.13%

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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Arturo Thompson, Assistant Dean
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