Bar Exam Success Overview
Bar Exam Success Overview

Bar Exam Success Analyses Overview


Bar Exam Success Analyses

AccessLex Institute® is committed to supporting student and bar exam success for all aspiring lawyers. Our joint bar exam success initiative with LSSSE has supported over 20 law schools so far and counting. To broaden the reach of the first phase of the initiative, we released the report It’s Not Where You Start, It’s How You Finish: Predicting Law School and Bar Success, to share learnings from an aggregate study of all participating institutions.

Recognizing that some law schools are unable to participate in the joint initiative with LSSSE, AccessLex Institute is offering a smaller research opportunity designed to support law schools in analyzing their institutional data to assess the extent to which their students’ academic performance, before and during law school, predicts their likelihood of first-time bar exam passage. These analyses can be used to help you:

  1. Develop interventions for bar success and when to apply such interventions;
  2. Target interventions appropriately, especially given limited time and resources;
  3. Build empirical evidence for what you’ve observed after years of experience and daily interactions with law students; and
  4. Leverage data to advance new or ongoing student success initiatives.

Specifically, the Bar Exam Success Analyses project seeks to identify:

  1. The factors that influence first-time bar exam performance among graduates of participating law schools;
  2. The factors that influence academic performance throughout law school, from the first semester to the final year; and
  3. Tangible strategies for increasing bar exam passage at participating law schools, based on the analyses conducted for their institution.

To participate, your law school will need to:

  1. Review and sign our data sharing agreement, which holds AccessLex Institute accountable for protecting and safeguarding the data you provide for the purposes of the analyses. We never sell your students’ information to any third party and go to great lengths to anonymize and protect personally identifiable information. NOTE: This project does not require disclosure of student names or readily identifiable information about them.
  2. Provide demographic, admission, and academic data on your law school graduates. The scope of our analyses will be limited to those who matriculated as first-time law students in the years 2012 through 2016 and took the bar exam at the first opportunity after graduation (e.g., graduated in May 2015 and took the July 2015 bar exam, or graduated in December 2016 and took the February 2017 bar exam). Click below to find:

We look forward to assisting you in your efforts to empower the next generation of lawyers at your school. Email us at with any questions.