February bar pass rate jumps to 50 percent after appeals

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As predicted, the February 2019 bar exam results rose after the appeals process, but the overall passage rate of 50 percent is still the lowest in at least the past 17 years.

The updated results from the Indiana Office of Admissions and Continuing Education show the pass rate for individuals taking the bar for the first time in February 2019 was 68 percent. For those taking the bar again, the pass rate was 35 percent.

Historically, the appeals process has increased the overall passage rate by 2 to 4 percentage points but the February 2019 brought a slightly better bump of 5 percentage points, raising the preliminary score from 45 percent. The preliminary pass rate for first-time takers was 62 percent and for repeat-takers was 29 percent.

A total of 240 people took the Indiana bar exam in February. A majority, 129, were taking the exam again while 111 were taking it for the first time.

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