Illinois Bar Exam Pass Rate Drops

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Illinois State Bar Exam Results Show a Decline in Pass Rate Since Last Year.

Illinois state bar exam results have been released, and, like much of the rest of the country, the state saw a decline in the percentage of students that passed the test. According to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, for first-time takers who took the exam in July 2014, the pass rate dropped 4.3 points from the 2013 scores to an 80.9 percent pass rate.
In fact, a decline is actually expected for the 2015 exam, since Illinois is raising the minimum score required to pass the bar exam. Many protest the increase in this threshold. Dean Harold J. Krent of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law stated, "I've seen no compelling reasons for the state board to raise the cut score, particularly because the pass rate independently has gone down. I'm very concerned that the Illinois bar should only raise the cut score (the minimum score) if it has a compelling reason. And I have not heard that compelling reason."
The University of Chicago Law School boasted the highest pass rate at 96 percent. Northwestern University School of Law had 93.57 percent of its students pass. IIT Chicago-Kent came in third place with an overall pass rate of 86.1 percent. This reflects both first-time test takers, as well as repeat-takers.

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