After the July 2012 Michigan state bar exam, we noted that Michigan seemed to be tightening the screws on the people taking its bar exam. The overall pass rate for the exam was 55%, and it was only 62% for first-time test takers.

As people gear up for the July 2013 Michigan bar exam, it looks like the degree of difficulty on the test isn’t a blip, it’s a trend. The February 2013 numbers suggest that Michigan wants to keep its test hard and its test takers nervous….

The February 2013 results aren’t much better than the July 2012 results. The overall pass rate was 58% — 65% for first time takers. Here is the breakdown by school:

Man that’s rough. Tipsters still complain that the essay portion isn’t curved, which tamps down the passage rate.

But it’s not all bad news. Thomas Cooley Law School got its pass rate over 50% after last July’s embarrassing performance. In a lot of states, the February pass rate is lower than the July rate, so maybe kids signing up to take the bar this summer can hope for more improvement.

The takeaway though is that people should take the Michigan bar seriously. Clearly, the state board of law examiners have ratcheted up the exam.

Earlier: Test Takers Tank On The July 2012 Michigan Bar Exam


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