Overall, the pass rate among test-takers held steady compared with the July 2016 exam. A total of 64 percent who sat for the bar exam in both years passed. Since 2010, the July exam’s overall pass rate has declined from a peak of 78 percent in 2010 and 2011.
Success among first-time test takers was slightly higher this year compared to the July 2016 exam. A total of 73 percent of first-time test takers passed, 1 percentage point gain over those who sat for the exam last year. Those fortunes were reversed for repeat takers — just 29 percent passed compared with 30 percent in July 2016.