Repeat Bar Exam Takers: The Myths and Reality of Passing

Most law graduates are under the false impression that the more times you take a state bar exam the greater your changes are to passing

In fact, it is just the opposite. The more times you sit for a state bar, you decrease your chances of being successful.

The statistical proof is clear and convincing that repeat takers continuously do poorer on the bar exam than first time takers. Here are the hard facts:

The Pennsylvania February 2015 bar results indicate that the first time takers passed at 68.5%. The second time takers pass rate was 47%, the third time taker pass rate was 29.5% and the fourth time takers passed at 15%.

In New York, for the February 2015 bar exam results, first time takers passed at a 70% rate for ABA schools, while the overall takers passed at a 43% pass rate.

In Massachusetts, for the February 2015 bar results, first time takers passed at a 66.7% rate, second time takers passed at a 61%, third time takers passed at a 23.5% rate, fifth time taker or more at a 9%.

These statistical repeat taker numbers are a clear representation that repeat takers, on an average, only pass the bar exam at about a 33% rate. Obtaining a bar exam tutor should be the number one goal for all repeat takers.

The MBE Testing Institute knowa that taking the bar exam as a repeat taker can be an isolating experience. The MBE Testing Institute helps the student keep motivated and confident through interaction with an MBE Testing Institute’s bar tutor.

If you need help passing the MBE, contact the MBE Testing Institute at for more information.