In 2019, Chicago-Kent graduates achieved a first-time pass rate of 81.12% on the Illinois bar exam and an overall first-time pass rate of 80.00% across all jurisdictions.
At 90.16 percent, Chicago-Kent had the third-highest "ultimate bar passage" rate among the Chicago law schools—behind only the University of Chicago and Northwestern—on the most recent American Bar Association report of the percentage of 2017 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.