New York Bar Exam Pass Rates

Overall Pass Rates

Over the 10 years of 2006-2015, the overall New York State Bar Exam Pass rates range between 56-69 percent in each year and 56-65 percent in nine of those years, and peaked in 2008 at 69 percent.

Pass Rates for First-Time Takers

Over the 10 years of 2006-2015, for first-time takers the New York bar exam pass rates range between 68-81 percent in each year and 68-77 percent in nine of those years, and peaked in 2008 at 81 percent.

Statewide Pass Percentage Chart

When one compares the above statistics to those of the following New York Bar Exam Statewide Pass Percentage chart, the later statistics range more broadly as viewed by each New York bar exam administered by the New York Board of Law Examiners within nine years.  The New York bar exam pass rate of first-time takers ranges from 56-91 percent.  The New York bar exam pass rate of repeat-takers ranges from 20-44 percent.  The New York Bar Exam pass rate of total takers ranges from 42-75 percent.

Exam DateFirst TimerRepeat TakersTotal
July 201570%22%61%
February 201556%35%43%
July 201474%20%65%
February 201462%39%47%
July 201378%23%69%
February 201364%42%50%
July 201276%25%68%
February 201259%34%44%
July 201179%25%69%
February 201163%39%48%
July 201078%24%70%
February 201067%37%50%
July 200980%28%72%
February 200960%26%42%
July 200891%36%75%
February 200876%44%50%
July 200787%33%71%
February 200774%39%44%