Comparing Law School Tuition With How Many Grads Pass The Bar On The First Try

Paying more money in tuition for law school does not necessarily boost your chance of passing the bar on the first try, but it doesn't seem to hurt either, according to a chart by FindTheBest.

A full 100 percent of University of Wisconsin law school graduates pass the bar on the first try, and their tuition is only $21,365. For just under $40,000, all of Marquette University's grads do just as well. But there's a reason why: resident graduates of Marquette and UW's law school are eligible for admission to the state bar without sitting for the exam under a law called "diploma privilege."

Meanwhile, among pricey colleges, 95 and 92 percent of Columbia University and Cornell University grads pass the bar on the first try for about $57,000. Harvard University does the best of any Ivy League school with 96 percent grads passing the bar exam on their first attempt, but they're still behind the 97 percent of students sailing through the bar from Georgia State University and the University of Alabama.

For about $33,000 in tuition per head, a little less than half of graduates of the Howard University law school pass the bar on the first try.

According to FindTheBest, their data came from American Bar Association Standard 509 Information Reports and rankings were based on U.S. News & World Report, Educational Quality Ratings and Gourman Report.

"Fortunately, out of the 201 law schools listed on FindTheBest, more than half have percentages of students who passed the bar on the first try that are over 70 percent," the website noted.

UPDATE: This post previously did not mention diploma privilege, which helps explain why all Wisconsin students are reported as having passed the bar on the first try.