Bar passage rate improves slightly post-appeal

Following the appeals process, the overall pass rate for the July 2019 Indiana bar exam has risen to 3 percentage points to 65%, a repeat of the pre- and post-appeal pass rates for the July 2018 exam.

Applicants for the bar who nearly miss passing the exam with a score no lower than 255 are eligible to appeal. A team from the Indiana Board of Law Examiners will then review each appealed exam and make a final determination as to whether the applicant has passed or failed.

The appeals process has improved the preliminary passage rates,  which were released earlier this month.

A total of 457 applicants took the July 2019 bar exam. After the appeals process, 360 first-time takers passed for a first-time pass rate of 76%, up 2 percentage points from the initial results.

Of the 97 repeat takers, 23% passed, which is the lowest passage rate since the 21% recorded for the July 2005 exam. The rate is also significant below the July 2018 and July 2017 repeat takers’ results of 35% and 32% respectively.

Successful applicants will be welcomed to the Indiana legal community at the Indiana Supreme Court’s Admission Ceremony Oct. 2 in the Sagamore Ballroom of the Indianapolis Convention Center.

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