Law Schools with the Lowest Bar Exam Pass Rate

A bar examination is an examination administered by the bar association of a jurisdiction that a lawyer must pass in order to be admitted to the bar of that jurisdiction. Generally, earning a degree from a law school is a prerequisite for taking the bar exam.
In 2022, the average pass rate of bar exam is 80.72%. A total of 29,619 law school graduates have taken and 24,481 passed the bar exam.
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law has the lowest bar exam pass rate of 32.58% - 29 graduates passed the exam out of 89. Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law and Appalachian School of Law follow it with 35.00% and 41.18% respectively.
The following table lists the top 25 law schools having the lowest bar exam pass rate. You can sort the table by a column by clicking/touching the column title.
RankSchoolBar Exam Pass RateExam TakerExam PasserAcceptance RateTuition & FeesLSAT ScoreEnrollment
1 Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of LawPrivatePonce, PR32.58%892940.79%$16,803135473
2 Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of LawPrivateSan Juan, PR35.00%1204247.16%$14,510142710
3 Appalachian School of LawPrivateGrundy, GA41.18%512142.21%$41,000147158
4 Southern University Law CenterPublicBaton Rouge, LA41.66%12553.94%$30,034146715
5 University of Puerto Rico School of LawPublicSan Juan, PR42.18%1476266.96%$8,680149533
6 Golden Gate University-San Francisco School of LawPrivateSan Francisco, CA44.07%1185251.55%$52,880151518
7 Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolPrivateLansing, MI45.92%29413548.95%$44,140148706
8 Loyola University New Orleans College of LawPrivateNew Orleans, LA46.67%452158.54%$48,638153583
9 Marquette University Law SchoolPrivateMilwaukee, WI50.00%6342.72%$49,170155594
10 Western State College of LawPrivateIrvine, CA51.69%894646.03%$44,580150226
11 Thurgood Marshall School of LawPublicHouston, TX51.74%1728928.18%$28,261151544
12 Charleston School of LawPrivateCharleston, SC52.63%19010060.00%$44,734151607
13 Widener Law DelawarePrivateWilmington, DE54.95%20211162.12%$57,376150808
14 Southern Illinois University School of LawPublicCarbondale, IL58.33%844959.21%$23,737149246
15 Dwayne O. Andreas School of LawPrivateOrlando, FL58.68%1679857.27%$41,050149728
16 UNT Dallas College of LawPublicDallas, TX59.34%905336.46%$27,730151380
17 Atlanta's John Marshall Law SchoolPrivateAtlanta, GA60.00%905443.06%$49,578151301
18 Florida A&M University College of LawPublicOrlando, FL60.97%16410037.03%$48,618149416
19 University of Massachusetts School of LawPublicNorth Dartmouth, MA61.82%553464.47%$39,550150366
20 Thomas Goode Jones School of LawPrivateMontgomery, AL62.74%513244.47%$39,500150222
21 Western New England University School of LawPrivateSpringfield, MA63.02%734657.42%$48,420150396
22 St. Thomas University School of LawPrivateMiami Gardens, FL63.46%1569947.96%$44,830152794
23 Shepard Broad Law CenterPrivateFort Lauderdale, FL64.11%17010948.91%$46,197153797
24 David A. Clarke School of LawPublicWashington, DC64.18%674342.15%$27,361149229
25 University of Illinois Chicago School of LawPublicChicago, IL64.39%27817959.56%$39,2901501,077