Bar Passage Detail

Bar Passage Detail

ADditional bar passage information

The most significant factor in predicting the likelihood of successful bar examination performance is a graduate’s law school grade point average.  Because a combination of undergraduate grade point average and LSAT scores is a valid predictor of the probability of law school grade point average (click here for Admissions Standards, Processes, and Data), there is a connection between an applicant’s admissions profile and that applicant’s probability of bar examination passage.  The success rate of WMU-Cooley graduates on bar examinations is displayed for three groups in the chart below.  The first column shows the passing percentage for first-time takers, the second column shows the ultimate passing rate for the same group, and the third column shows the ultimate passing rate for persisters, eliminating those failed the first time but have no known second attempt within the next two test opportunities.        

WMU-Cooley Bar Results Guide Chart

Predicted Law School GPA 2009-2016 First-Time Passing Rate 2009-2016 Ultimate Passing Rate 2009-2016 Persistence Passing Rate
3.50 or Higher 98% 100% 100%
3.00 to 3.49 87% 95% 96%
2.50 to 2.99 55% 82% 86%
2.24 to 2.49 33% 69% 72%
2.10 to 2.23 (Admission via Qualifying Program) 22% 54% 54%
Overall Rate 58% 83% 86%

In our experience, the increase in passing percentage reflects several factors, but performance depends primarily on the level of individual preparation. Family and work obligations, personal situations, and health conditions can affect performance.  Familiarity with testing conditions and allowed accommodations can improve performance as well.                                                     


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