New York state bar exam results released, pass rate has dropped

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Out of 9,679 people who sat for the July 2018 New York state bar exam, 63 percent passed.

Results were released Tuesday, according to a press release. Above the Law reports that the July 2018 New York state bar had the lowest number of test takers since July 2004, and according to the New York Law Journal, the pass rate dropped 5 percentage points from 2017.

For the July 2017 New York state bar, 9,932 people took the exam, and the pass rate was 68 percent.

For July 2018 exam, the pass rate for first-time test takers who graduated from an ABA-accredited law school was 83 percent, according to the press release, and out of the first-time test takers who graduated from a New York ABA-accredited law school, the pass rate was 81 percent. The pass rate for test takers in total from ABA-accredited law schools was 74 percent. For graduates of foreign-educated test takers, the pass rate was 41 percent.

The pass rate of first-time test takers who graduated from ABA-accredited law schools was also 83 percent for the July 2016 and 2014 exams, the press release states. The pass rate for graduates of ABA-accredited law schools who were first time test takers in July 2017 was 86 percent.

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