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430 Candidates Pass Summer 2019 Washington State Bar Exam │ Sept. 14, 2019

Updated: Sept. 17, 2019

SEATTLE, Washington — The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) announced that 430 candidates passed the Uniform Bar Exam administered in July 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 pre-licensing 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. Passage percentages are given below.

Summer 2019 Washington State Bar Exam Statistics:

 

Overall Pass Rates

Applicant Type

Pass

Fail

Total

Pass Rate

ABA-JD

393

143

536

73.3%

APR 6 Law Clerk

5

5

10

50.0%

U.S. Attorneys

19

4

23

82.6%

Foreign/LLM Graduate

9

37

46

19.6%

Foreign Common Law Attorney

3

6

9

33.3%

Non-ABA JD/ABA LLM

1

3

4

25.0%

Total

430

198

628

68.5%


First Time

Applicant Type

Pass

Fail

Total

Pass Rate

ABA-JD

366

99

465

78.7%

APR 6 Law Clerk

4

3

7

57.1%

U.S. Attorneys

17

4

21

81.0%

Foreign/LLM Graduate

5

15

20

25.0%

Foreign Common Law Attorney

2

3

5

40.0%

Non-ABA JD/ABA LLM

0

1

1

00.0%

Total

394

125

519

75.9%

 

 

 

 

 


Repeaters

Applicant Type

Pass

Fail

Total

Pass Rate

ABA-JD

27

44

71

38.0%

APR 6 Law Clerk

1

2

3

33.3%

U.S. Attorneys

2

0

2

100.0%

Foreign/LLM Graduate

4

22

26

15.4%

Foreign Common Law Attorney

1

3

4

25.0%

Non-ABA JD/ABA LLM

1

2

3

33.3%

Total

36

73

109

33.0%

The average UBE score total was 285.36; the required passing score was 270.

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