The Supreme Court of Florida has released the following bar examination statistical information developed by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. These results apply to the February 2012 General Bar Examination administered February 28-29 in Tampa. This datum applies to only those persons sitting for both Part A and B of the exam for the first time.
It should be noted that fewer graduates take the winter tests compared to the summer exams. This year, 871 law graduates took the February 2012 exam, compared to 2,890 who took the July 2011 test.
“I am disappointed when these numbers receive publicity without any analysis of the number of test-takers or without including the results of the much larger July exam,” said University of Florida Law Dean Robert Jerry, echoing similar remarks he made a year ago when UF had the highest passage rate for those taking the February exam. “Frankly, it’s like evaluating how well a baseball player hits in a 162-game season by only counting his at-bats in 10 games. That’s essentially what it is like to look at the February bar results in isolation.”
Jerry said the extremely small number of February test-takers make the results statistically invalid for predicting the results of future exams, for the purpose of comparing the overall bar performance of law school graduates from different law schools, and for comparing law schools.
“Last year I urged anyone interested in examining a law school’s performance on the Florida bar exam to look at annual performance by combining the much larger July exam with the results of the February exam,” Jerry said. “This reveals how an entire graduating class performs on the exam. It also avoids the large variances in results that occur year-to-year when only the very small sample of February test-takers is used to calculate a pass rate.”
Here are the February 2012 scores: