February bar passage rate falls below 50 percent

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Indiana’s February bar exam results continued their downward slide with the 2019 overall pass rate dropping to 45 percent, the lowest rate recorded in the past 17 years, according to results released Monday.

The February 2019 results were released by the Indiana Office of Admissions and Continuing Education. According to the statistics, 240 individuals sat for the Indiana Bar Exam, with 111 being first-time takers. The pass rate for first-time takers was 62 percent, which was also down from recent years. Repeat takers dropped to a 29 percent pass rate.

The pass rates from previous February exams are as follows:

• 2018: 51 percent overall and 70 percent for first-time takers

• 2017: 52 percent overall and 66 percent for first-time takers

• 2016: 55 percent overall and 64 percent for first-time takers

• 2015: 67 percent overall and 76 percent for first-time takers

The latest results come as the Indiana Supreme Court has convened a task force to review the bar exam and recommend changes. Chaired by retired Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard, the Study Commission on the Future of the Indiana Bar Examination is schedule to next meet April 16.  

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