Updated April 25, 2020. Originally published May 30, 2018.
The results are in, and only 40% of all candidates passed the February 2020 Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) in New York. If you're part of the 60% who did not pass, don't quit. Retake the bar exam and pass, with a Pieper Tutor.
February 2020 Bar Exam Results
The results are out. Invariably, many examinees are still reeling from the disappointment of a failing score. If you’re one of those people, you’re in good company.
According to the New York State Board of Law Examiners, 40% of all candidates passed (1,430 from 3,563 hopefuls).
Here's a February 2020 Bar Exam Pass-Rate Breakdown, Per Group:
|All ABA Graduates (First-Time Takers)||72%|
|New York ABA Schools (First-Time Takers)||74%|
|Out-of-State ABA Schools (First-Time Takers)||70%|
|Foreign-Educated (First-Time Takers)||47%|
|All First Time-Takers||61%|
|All ABA Graduates (First-Time Takers & Repeaters)||48%|
|All Foreign-Educated (First-Time Takers & Repeaters)||31%|
Plus, there's a long line of incredibly successful people who've failed the bar exam at least once, but passed on a later attempt, too. Such luminaries include:
- Former First Lady, Secretary of State, and two-time U.S. Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton
- Former First Lady Michelle Obama
- Former Mayor of New York Ed Koch
- Former President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt
- John F. Kennedy, Jr.
- Former Governor of New York David Patterson
Maybe you’ve heard of some of them before?
What we’re trying to say, is that you can believe in life after bar exam failure. So without further ado, let’s push pause on the sadness and disappointment and get proactive—shall we?
Top Reasons People Fail the Bar Exam
There are many missteps commonly cited by examinees to explain what exactly went wrong during bar exam preparation, or even during the test itself.
Five Popular Sources of Bar Examinees' Heartbreak:
- Fell Behind Early
- Missed Opportunities to Course-Correct
- Took the Importance of Practice-Testing for Granted
- Failed to Memorize the Law Adequately
- Life Happened
The good news is that all but one of the above excuses are entirely avoidable. This means you can plan for them, and adapt accordingly, during your next go around. (Wait… You didn’t think we were just going to let you quit, did you?!)
For repeaters, it can be tough to wrap your mind—and life—around yet another bar exam preparation period.
The challenges abound: You’ve used up your paid time off and can’t attend another full bar review course. You can’t stand to spend more time tucked away from your family and friends, like a hermit, eating and breathing complex law concepts. You find the thought of failing for the second time to be unbearable.
Enter: Pieper Advanced Tutoring.
- If your issue is poor time management, a Pieper tutor will help tailor your study schedule to your lifestyle. Tutors provide one-on-one assistance and are focused on you, and you alone, during your time together.
- If you missed opportunities to course-correct during your last exam prep, a Pieper tutor will help you identify strengths and weaknesses to do so this time around.
- If you need more writing practice, a Pieper tutor will assign practice essays to improve your test-taking skills and will provide critical feedback so you can correct any unforgiving habits or tendencies, before you retake the exam.
- If you need to improve your MBE score, a Pieper tutor will identify your weaknesses and help you to answer MBE questions more efficiently with test-taking tips.
- If you failed to memorize the law adequately, or perhaps spent too much time learning rules of law that don’t show up on the bar exam much, a Pieper tutor will be there to monitor your progress over the course of your sessions, to be sure you don’t fall short of your memorization goals again.
If you’re gearing up for your first crack at this exam, enrollment in Pieper’s Full Bar Review is the suggested path for you. However, if you...
- Are retaking the exam
- Need extra help with essay writing
- Can’t make the information “stick," you're not confident, and you're anxious for feedback
- Want one-on-one attention from an expert with test-taking tips
- Can’t take a full bar review course (or are falling behind in your review course)
- Don’t speak fluent English
- Just need an extra push to stay on schedule
...then a Pieper Tutor may be of tremendous help to you.
The suggested steps for retaking the bar exam and passing are as follows:
Step 1: Understand Your UBE Score
Step 2: Get a Tutor
Step 3: Course-Correct
Step 4: Execute (on Exam Day)
- Understanding Your UBE Results
- I Failed the UBE. Now What?
- Famous People Who Have Failed the Bar Exam
- Do I Need A Bar Exam Tutor?
- How a Tutor Can Help Your MBE Score
- Failing the Bar Exam: How Pieper Can Help You Pass the Second Time
- Conquering the Bar: Why You Should Get a Tutor
- How a UBE Tutor Can Help You Pass the Exam
- How to Retake the Bar Exam and Pass the Second Time