Above the Bar reported recently that Florida’s bar passage rate was an abysmal 57.7 percent for the February exam, but now they can report that another state has taken over the uncoveted distinction of having the worst exam results in the U.S.: Mississippi.
“Few things are certain in this life, but one of them is that Mississippi will find a way to be worse at everything,” writes Joe Patrice. “After Florida posted a 57.7 percent passage rate for the February exam, Mississippi pulled up and delivered a glorious 36 percent passage rate.”
Patrice puts much of the blame for falling passage rates on declining rates at schools across the country. “While many have begun the process of course correction — bringing in smaller, more credentialed classes — we’ve still got a few more years of this trend ahead of us,” he writes.