Bar Exam Performance


Overview

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 in most years, followed closely by Missouri. Additional information about bar passage is available on the ABA Required Disclosures page.


Kansas Bar Exam Detail

Kansas Bar Exam Detail
 KU First TimeState Average
Calendar YearTakingPassingPass RatePass RatePercent Difference
2020454191.11%89.4%1.71%
2019322887.5%87.12%0.38%
2018333090.91%74.78%16.13%
2017504386%81.51%4.49%
2016604880%77.4%2.6%
2015222090.91%82.01%8.9%
2014534483.02%86.36%-3.34%
2013665887.88%89.16%-1.28%
2012635790.48%88.57%1.91%

Missouri Bar Exam Detail

Missouri Bar Exam Detail
 KU First TimeState Average
Calendar YearTakingPassingPass RatePass RatePercent Difference
2020363494.44%85.25%9.19%
2019474187.23%82.41%4.82%
2018544685.19%82.1%3.09%
2017363186.11%86.3%-0.19%
2016282692.86%83.48%9.38%
2015757296%87.34%8.66%
2014373389.19%87.59%1.6%
2013484491.67%90.44%1.23%
2012424095.24%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.

Ultimate Bar Exam Passage

Ultimate Bar Passage
  KU - Bar Exam Within 2 Years of GraduationNational AverageAddtl. Details
Calendar YearGraduatesTakingPassingPass RatePass RatePercent DifferenceNo Info (KU)Did Not Take Exam (KU)
201812011710892.31%----03
201712111611296.55%89.47%7.08%50
20161131069387.74%88.7%-0.96%43
201513412912697.67%88.32%9.35%23

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