In 2018, Chicago-Kent graduates achieved a first-time pass rate of 73.53% on the Illinois bar exam. On the July 2019 Illinois bar exam, 80% of Chicago-Kent graduates who took the Illinois bar for the first time received passing scores, matching the state-wide first-time pass rate.
At 92.54 percent, Chicago-Kent placed third among the Chicago law schools—behind only the University of Chicago and Northwestern—on the most recent American Bar Association "ultimate bar passage" report, which presents the percentage of 2016 law school graduates who passed the bar exam in any jurisdiction within two years of graduation. (Download the full spreadsheet containing data for all ABA-approved law schools, including Chicago-Kent).
Bar Preparation Resources
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.