SLU LAW Missouri Bar Passage Rate Soars

September 18, 2017

Saint Louis University School of Law saw its highest Missouri Bar Examination passage rate in five years for first-time takers of the bar's July administration.

The SLU LAW pass rate for first-time Missouri takers was 94.0 percent, well above the Missouri first-time takers pass rate of 88.6 percent. Compared to other schools in the state, SLU LAW had the second-highest first-time pass rate, with 116 takers, coming in only .2 percent behind Washington University in St. Louis, which had 69 takers.

The Missouri Board of Law Examiners provides bar pass data on seven schools, four of which are located in Missouri (University of Missouri at Columbia, University of Missouri at Kansas City, Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis), two of which are located in Kansas (University of Kansas and Washburn University) and one of which is located in Illinois (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale). SLU had the highest number of applicants taking the July 2017 Missouri bar exam, with its students comprising 18 percent of the applicant pool.

The School of Law's score was a 4.3-point jump from the 2016 July exam, and comes at a time when bar passage rates nationally are going down.

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