The relative difficulty of state bar exams

On The Faculty Lounge they post on the relative difficulty of state bar exams and states’ ‘cut points’ for passing (usingĀ  a standardized scale). You can see more on state bar exam difficulty here and here. Personally, I’m always amazed at how many people pass the bar exam on the first try (especially in the harder states). The pressure involved with the bar exam and the speed at which you have to answer questions are hard to convey to those who haven’t done it. Check out the state rankings below.

July 2013
State Bar Exam Cut Scores
State Cut
Score
Rank
Delaware 145.0 1
California 144.0 2
Oregon 142.0 3
Alaska 140.0 4
Idaho 140.0 4
Nevada 140.0 4
Virginia 140.0 4
North Carolina 138.4 8
Colorado 138.0 9
Maine 138.0 9
Rhode Island 138.0 9
Arizona 136.5 12
Florida 136.0 13
Pennsylvania 136.0 13
Maryland 135.3 15
Arkansas 135.0 16
Georgia 135.0 16
Massachusetts 135.0 16
Michigan 135.0 16
Montana 135.0 16
Nebraska 135.0 16
New Hampshire 135.0 16
Ohio 135.0 16
Oklahoma 135.0 16
Tennessee 135.0 16
Texas 135.0 16
Utah 135.0 16
Washington 135.0 16
West Virginia 135.0 16
Wyoming 135.0 16
Hawaii 134.0 31
Illinois 134.0 31
District of Columbia 133.0 33
Iowa 133.0 33
Kansas 133.0 33
New Jersey 133.0 33
New York 133.0 33
Connecticut 132.0 38
Indiana 132.0 38
Mississippi 132.0 38
Minnesota 130.0 41
Missouri 130.0 41
New Mexico 130.0 41
North Dakota 130.0 41
South Dakota 130.0 41
Wisconsin 129.0 46
Alabama 128.0 47

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