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You are viewing Bar Passage success for ABA-approved law schools grouped by Average Amount Borrowed by 2014 Graduates

We put all schools on the following chart by plotting bar pass rates in 2013 against Average Amount Borrowed by 2014 Graduates.Debt is not the amount owed, but the amount borrowed. It does not include interest that accumulated during law school, debt from other degree programs, or private debt related to attending law school. Note also that these amounts reflect only graduates.

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The composite bar passage rate is the number ABA-approved law schools report to the ABA for accreditation purposes. Debt is not the amount owed, but the amount borrowed. It does not include interest that accumulated during law school, debt from other degree programs, or private debt related to attending law school. Note also that these amounts reflect only graduates.

Grouped by Average Amount Borrowed by 2014 Graduates Average 2013 Composite
Bar Pass Rate
Amount Borrowed ≥ $150,000
12 schools
76.5%
Amount Borrowed $130,000 - $149,999
44 schools
81.2%
Amount Borrowed $115,000 - $129,999
34 schools
84.8%
Amount Borrowed $100,000 - $114,999
28 schools
86.8%
Amount Borrowed $80,000 - $99,999
37 schools
84.7%
Amount Borrowed < $80,000
29 schools
83.5%
Amount Borrowed Not Reported
8 schools
78.9%

Read this chart across each row. For example, the 12 schools with Amount Borrowed ≥ $150,000 had an average bar passage rate of 76.5% in 2013.

School 2014 Grad
Avg. Borrowed
2013 Composite Bar Passage Rate
Thomas Jefferson School of Law $172,445 55.2%
Whittier Law School $151,602 65.7%
Touro College $154,855 66.4%
Florida Coastal School of Law $162,785 68.4%
California Western School of Law $151,197 71.4%
University of San Francisco $154,321 75.1%
Vermont Law School $156,713 77%
American University $159,316 79.2%
New York Law School $166,622 82.5%
Georgetown University $150,529 89.9%
Northwestern University $163,065 91.3%
Columbia University $154,076 96.3%
Golden Gate University $146,288 55.7%
University of Detroit Mercy $132,245 61.1%
Charlotte School of Law $140,528 61.7%
Ave Maria School of Law $132,236 62.6%
Western New England University School of Law $130,124 64.1%
Elon Law School $132,444 65.5%
University of the Pacific $140,517 67.7%
St. Thomas University - Florida $140,808 71.4%
Santa Clara University $136,990 72%
Tulane University $140,965 73.9%
Charleston School of Law $147,031 75.6%
Catholic University of America $144,737 75.7%
Valparaiso University $132,010 76%
Chapman University $148,429 76.4%
Mississippi College $130,700 77.6%
Barry University $149,175 79.3%
Albany Law School $130,184 79.8%
Willamette University $136,099 80.6%
Pepperdine University $145,525 80.9%
Widener University - Delaware $139,229 81%
University of Miami $143,845 81.6%
Nova Southeastern University $136,450 81.6%
Seattle University $131,414 82.2%
Hofstra University $143,646 82.6%
Widener University - Pennsylvania $139,229 83.3%
Loyola Marymount University $147,701 84.7%
University of Illinois at Chicago - John Marshall Law School $143,518 84.9%
University of Denver $132,083 85.7%
University of California - Berkeley $143,546 85.7%
University of Southern California $137,163 86%
Case Western Reserve University $131,724 86.7%
Northeastern University $134,918 88.3%
Loyola University Chicago $134,968 88.6%
Stetson University $148,394 89.3%
George Washington University $141,346 90.6%
Fordham University $140,577 90.6%
University of Virginia $132,182 92.8%
University of Michigan $132,473 93.6%
Cornell University $135,000 94.4%
University of Chicago $144,695 94.8%
University of Pennsylvania $130,002 95.6%
New York University $147,744 96.2%
Harvard University $137,599 96.4%
Marquette University $134,533 100%
Howard University $124,021 64.3%
Loyola University New Orleans $117,892 64.9%
University of California - Hastings $129,178 74.6%
Regent University $125,158 75.6%
University of San Diego $128,477 76.5%
Western State University $120,350 77.6%
Oklahoma City University $121,476 79%
Pace University $122,180 79.3%
Roger Williams University $128,543 80.3%
Lewis and Clark College $127,064 81.2%
St. Mary's University $116,782 81.5%
Suffolk University $120,993 81.9%
Creighton University $126,586 82%
Quinnipiac University $119,956 82.2%
Syracuse University $129,249 84.7%
University of New Hampshire $121,469 84.8%
Samford University $124,106 84.9%
Cardozo-Yeshiva University $121,644 85%
Mercer University $125,301 86.8%
DePaul University $125,895 86.8%
Seton Hall University $128,100 87.8%
University of California - Los Angeles $121,066 88.6%
University of Colorado $116,280 89.2%
Penn State University $123,842 89.2%
Southern Methodist University $124,617 89.6%
Gonzaga University $121,281 90.8%
St. Louis University $128,764 91.5%
Stanford University $128,137 91.9%
Chicago-Kent College of Law $119,884 93%
George Mason University $126,723 93.1%
Duke University $125,406 95.4%
Vanderbilt University $122,327 95.6%
Yale University $117,093 96.2%
Baylor University $116,666 97%
University of Dayton $113,486 77.4%
University of California - Irvine $102,891 80%
Wake Forest University $107,532 80.1%
University of Oregon $105,900 80.7%
University of Pittsburgh $103,461 80.9%
University of Richmond $110,380 81.2%
Duquesne University $107,496 82.2%
Washington and Lee University $109,422 82.3%
University of Maryland $102,183 83.5%
Hamline University $113,173 83.8%
University of Baltimore $114,725 84.9%
Ohio Northern University $107,764 85.7%
Capital University $113,434 86.6%
Texas A&M $103,500 86.7%
University of Maine $101,749 87.5%
St. John's University $111,959 87.6%
University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis $100,401 87.7%
University of Notre Dame $111,310 88.1%
South Texas College of Law Houston $113,748 88.1%
Washington University in St Louis $111,345 88.5%
William Mitchell College of Law $110,738 88.8%
Brooklyn Law School $114,953 92.7%
University of Minnesota $104,733 93.5%
University of Washington $105,990 93.5%
Boston University $107,850 94.7%
Drake University $108,857 94.7%
Emory University $108,690 94.9%
University of Texas $100,868 95.1%
Rutgers State University - Newark $89,507 70.4%
Louisiana State University $89,471 73.4%
University of Nevada - Las Vegas $99,678 75.4%
Michigan State University $95,494 76.6%
West Virginia University $84,727 76.9%
University of Idaho $92,732 77.9%
CUNY $82,415 79.2%
University of Louisville $90,195 80.2%
Drexel University $91,915 80.2%
University of Arizona $95,533 80.5%
University of Toledo $96,924 81.2%
Northern Kentucky University $82,989 82%
Campbell University $90,065 82.4%
University of North Carolina $92,475 82.4%
Indiana University - Indianapolis $96,651 82.5%
University of California - Davis $93,498 82.9%
University of Akron $82,322 83.8%
University of South Carolina $84,590 84.7%
Florida International University $89,815 84.8%
Washburn University $83,396 85.3%
Texas Tech University $84,272 86.9%
University of Tulsa $99,305 87%
University of Florida $82,410 87.2%
Arizona State University $97,431 87.9%
University of Oklahoma $81,789 88.1%
University of Houston $88,664 88.2%
Villanova University $95,297 88.3%
Florida State University $80,375 88.4%
William and Mary $98,487 89.5%
University of Iowa $92,373 89.8%
Temple University $97,323 90%
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law $89,879 91.1%
Indiana University - Bloomington $89,785 91.4%
Boston College $97,006 94.4%
Ohio State University $97,021 94.7%
University of Illinois $89,852 94.7%
University of Georgia $88,825 94.8%
Southern University Law Center $77,067 46.6%
University of The District of Columbia $73,175 54.7%
North Carolina Central University $58,061 65.6%
Liberty University $69,475 70.1%
University of Arkansas - Little Rock $69,532 70.6%
University of North Dakota $64,818 73.6%
Wayne State University $79,881 78.4%
University of Wyoming $67,087 80.6%
University of Hawaii $56,266 82.6%
SUNY Buffalo $76,010 83%
University of Connecticut $70,139 83.7%
University of New Mexico $71,029 85.4%
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville $63,541 85.7%
University of Montana $71,216 86.1%
Brigham Young University $54,203 86.1%
University of Nebraska $62,985 86.3%
Northern Illinois University $77,182 87.4%
University of Memphis $78,030 88%
University of Kansas $74,890 89.5%
University of Cincinnati $76,663 89.6%
University of Utah $78,725 90%
University of Kentucky $76,746 90.2%
University of Mississippi $73,003 90.8%
University of Missouri - Columbia $67,289 93.3%
University of Tennessee $66,201 94.3%
Georgia State University $69,822 94.4%
University of Alabama $69,440 96.4%
University of South Dakota $78,963 97.8%
University of Wisconsin $79,373 100%
John Marshall Law School - Atlanta - 67.1%
Appalachian School of Law - 68.3%
Arizona Summit Law School - 69.1%
Florida A&M University - 73.1%
Rutgers State University - Camden - 83.8%
Southern Illinois University - 88.8%
New England School of Law - 89.2%
Faulkner University - 91.9%