At 91.44 percent, Chicago-Kent placed third among the nine Illinois law schools—behind only the University of Chicago and Northwestern—on the recent "ultimate bar passage" report released by the American Bar Association that tracks the number of 2015 law school graduates who passed the bar exam within two years of graduation. (Download the full spreadsheet containing data for all ABA-approved law schools, including Chicago-Kent).
In July 2017, 80 percent of Chicago-Kent graduates who took the Illinois bar exam for the first time received passing scores, marking the 15th consecutive year that our graduates have achieved a first-time pass rate at or above the statewide pass rate on the July Illinois bar exam.
Chicago-Kent is committed to providing students with the academic foundation necessary for success on the bar exam. The faculty provides a list of recommended courses to help upper-level law students select electives in areas likely to be tested on the exam and hosts a series of bar readiness review sessions for 3L students on key bar subjects. The law school also offers an Intensive Essay Writing Lab for students the law school identifies as needing additional assistance sharpening the analytic and writing skills needed for practice as well as for success on the bar exam.