Placement and Bar Passage

Students in law libraryMore than 94% of law graduates from the University of Montana’s Alexander Blewett III School of Law passed the Montana Bar Exam on their first attempt in July 2020, a rate that’s 19% higher than the national first-time passage rate cited by the American Bar Association. By comparison, the overall pass rate for all candidates taking the July exam in Montana was 85%.

Bar Passage Rates for first-time test-takers in Montana
Reporting Year Exam Included Bar Passage Rate (%)
2020

July 2020:  52/55 = 94.5%

February 2020:  6/8 = 75%

58/63 = 92%
2019

July 2019:  52/58 = 90%

February:  4/5 = 80%

56/63 = 89%
2018 July 2018: 38/46 = 83%
February 2018: 10/12 = 83%
48/58 = 83%
2017 July 2017: 62/69 = 90%
February 2017: 5/10 = 50%
67/79 = 85%
2016 July 2016: 52/64 = 81%
February 2016: 4/4 = 100%
56/68 = 82%

Bar Passage Reports by Year

Employment Reports by Year

Each year the Career Development office surveys recent graduates to determine employment statistics. Both the American Bar Association and the National Association of Legal Professionals Employment Reports are provided.

2020

ABA Employment Report
NALP Employment Report

2019

ABA Employment Report
NALP Employment Report

2018

ABA Employment Report
NALP Employment Report

2017

ABA Employment Report 
NALP Employment Report