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The overall pass rate for the July 2023 bar exam in Indiana jumped to 70%, up two percentage points from last year’s July exam and marking the highest non-pandemic pass rate since 2015.
First-time Indiana bar exam takers posted a pass rate of 62% in February 2023 — down nine percentage points from February 2022.
In 2021, the hiring of lateral associates skyrocketed 148.5%, the largest year-over-year increase recorded, according to NALP. Likewise, Thomson Reuters warned that by November 2021, law firms were “edging dangerously close” to seeing almost a quarter of their associates leave. However, while firms have raised associate compensation to lure talent, many new lawyers are not as interested in big salaries as previous generations of new attorneys.
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.
In joining the 38 other states plus the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, which have all adopted the UBE, Indiana has removed a hurdle to mobility.
In welcoming Indiana’s newest attorneys Friday, Chief Justice Loretta Rush pointed out the class represented a series of firsts for the state’s legal profession — they were the first to be admitted in an in-person ceremony in two years and were the first to take the Uniform Bar Exam.
Indiana’s first use of the Uniform Bar Exam for the July test has yielded an overall pass rate of 69%, slightly above the rates for previous summer exams.