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160 Candidates Pass Winter 2019 Washington State Bar Exam | April 13, 2019

Updated: April 20, 2020

SEATTLE, WA [April 13, 2019] — The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) announced that 160 candidates passed the Uniform Bar Exam administered in February 2019.

Administered over a two-day period, the Exam is a substantive law exam for those interested in becoming licensed in Washington to practice law as a lawyer, and includes multiple choice, essay and performance questions.

The other required component of the Washington Bar Exam is an exam on professional responsibility (the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam or MPRE). Completion of a separate online educational component with accompanying online exam addressing specific areas of Washington law (the Washington Law Component) is also required to qualify for admission.

The WSBA will recommend successful candidates who also have passed a character and fitness review and completed other prelicensing requirements to the Washington Supreme Court for entry of an order admitting them to the practice of law in Washington as a lawyer.

See the full pass list on our website.

Winter 2019 Washington State Bar Exam Statistics:

Overall Pass Rates

Applicant Type Pass Fail Total Rate
ABA-JD 121 108 229 52.8%
APR 6 Law Clerk 3 7 10 30.%
U.S. Attorneys 21 6 27 77.8%
Foreign/LLM Graduate 12 29 41 29.3%
Foreign Common Law Attorney 2 2 4 50%
Non-ABA JD/ABA LLM 1 3 4 25%
Total 160 155 315 50.8%

First Time

Applicant Type Pass Fail Total Rate
ABA-JD 61 41 102 59.8%
APR 6 Law Clerk 2 0 2 100%
U.S. Attorneys 20 4 24 83.3%
Foreign/LLM Graduate 7 12 19 36.8%
Foreign Common Law Attorney 1 0 1 100%
Non-ABA JD/ABA LLM 0 1 1 0%
Total 91 58 149 61.1%

Repeaters

Applicant Type Pass Fail Total Rate
ABA-JD 60 67 127 47.2%
APR 6 Law Clerk 1 7 8 12.5%
U.S. Attorneys 1 2 3 33.3%
Foreign/LLM Graduate 5 12 22 22.7%
Foreign Common Law Attorney 1 2 3 33.3%
Non-ABA JD/ABA LLM 1 2 3 33.3%
Total 69 97 166 41.6%

The average UBE score total was 269.30; the required passing score was 270.


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