Bar Exam Pass Rate Rose for Many Schools in First Year of UBE

, New York Law Journal


Graduates of New York law schools who took the July bar exam—the first time the Uniform Bar Examination was administered—improved the state's pass rate by 4 percentage points, to 82 percent, bouncing back from its lowest rate in a decade.

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  • richard litvin

    The increase in NY pass rates for July 2016 over July 2015 is likely the result of one change only, not in what the various schools have done, but praise to all in academic support. Around the country, generally the 2016 rates are down again from 2015. But NY changed from its own exam to UBE, and the big change? Removing the NY multiple choice, bizarre and often trivial questions, on a multitude of subjects. This reduction in subjects covered gave students more time to focus on the basic subjects. Fewer subjects, better preparation. More subjects, lower rates. The later happened when MBE added Fed J and P, so a big topic added and nothing eliminated (Neg Inst?) Bar courses preparing students for old NY exam spent numerous days on the minutia of NY Practice and so much else. All praise to the UBE on reducing number of subjects tested!

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