February bar exam applicants post passage rates not seen in years

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Indiana’s February 2022 bar exam results brought a marked change with an overall passage rate that surpassed 50%, reaching a level not seen in six years.

A total of 161 individuals took the February 2022 bar exam, posting an overall passage rate of 55%, according to the results released Monday by the Indiana Office of Admissions and Continuing Education.

Comparatively, the overall pass rates for the February exam in 2021 and 2020 were 49% and 48%, respectively. The February 2019 bar exam turned in an overall passage rate of 50%.

The last time the February bar tallied a passage rate as high as 55% was in 2016.

An admissions ceremony for the successful February applicants is scheduled for May 17 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

Indiana switched to the Uniform Bar Exam for the July 2021 test, so the February 2022 exam would have been the first time February applicants for admission to the Hoosier bar were given the national test. Consequently, exams that fall just short of passing are automatically reviewed as part of the UBE scoring, which eliminates the appeals process and makes these results final.

In addition, this was the first time February applicants took the bar exam in person since the winter of 2020.

The February 2022 first-time takers hit a record. They posted a pass rate of 71%, a level not cleared since 76% of first-timers passed the February 2015 exam.

Repeat takers registered a 37% passage rate on the February 2022 bar. This rate has not been topped since February 2017, when 42% of the repeat takers passed.

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