Florida Bar Exam Pass Rate Lowest in a Decade, New Report Says – Action News Jax


People who took the Florida Bar exam for the first time in July had the lowest pass rate for July candidates in a decade, according to a review of data by The News Service of Florida.

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The Florida Board of Bar Examiners released July exam results Monday showing that 64.4% of 2,225 new takers passed. By comparison, 80.2% of the 3,034 new entrants passed the bar exam in July 2012. Since then, the lowest pass rate before this year was 67.2% in 2018.

Michele Gavagni, executive director of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, noted that the July exam was the first in-person July exam since 2019. The bar exam was not administered in July 2020 due to the pandemic coronavirus and was administered online in July 2021. Florida International University had the highest pass rate among Florida schools this year, with 81.2% of 133 FIU law students taking passed the exam.

“This year’s graduates overcame many unusual challenges during their law school experience, and they should all be commended for their resilience,” CRF Dean Antony Page said in a statement.

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The University of Florida School of Law had the second highest pass rate, with 78.7% of 150 applicants passing. Barry University School of Law has had the lowest pass rate among currently operating law schools at 49.2%. The Florida Coastal School of Law, a private school in Jacksonville that closed last year, had 13 students take the exam, with just four passing.

The Florida Supreme Court on Monday approved 1,417 candidates for admission to the bar, according to a press release from the board.

“This group does not include all candidates who passed the exam because investigations into the character and suitability of some candidates who passed the exam are ongoing,” the press release said.

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