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.

Bar Exam Statistics

Kansas Bar Exam Detail

Date Total University of Kansas KU First Time
Taking Passing Pass Rate Taking Passing Pass Rate Taking Passing Pass Rate
7/14 188 148 78.70% 59 47 79.69% 57 47 82.40%
2/14 157 135 86.00% 34 31 91.20% 30 29 96.70%
7/13 213 175 82.00% 76 64 87.00% 60 53 89.00%
2/13 154 139 90.00% 30 26 86.60% 25 23 92.00%
7/12 262 225 86.00% 67 58 86.50% 60 55 91.60%
2/12 131 105 80.20% 17 14 52.40% 14 12 85.70%

Missouri Bar Exam Detail

Date Total University of Kansas KU First Time
Taking Passing Pass Rate Taking Passing Pass Rate Taking Passing Pass Rate
7/14 792 676 85.35% 45 38 84.44% 39 34 87.18%
2/14 262 211 80.53% 13 10 76.93% 6 5 83.33%
7/13 824 730 88.60% 53 47 88.68% 48 43 89.58%
2/13 264 217 82.19% 19 18 94.74% 3 2 66.67%
7/12 798 721 90.35% 43 41 95.35% 38 37 97.37
2/12 268 221 82.46% 35 32 91.43% 8 7 87.50%

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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