Recent UNC School of Law graduates who passed the North
Carolina bar exam in February now have the flexibility to use their exam score to
transfer to other jurisdictions. North Carolina administered the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) for the first
time in February 2019, and Carolina Law had the highest-ranking bar passage
rate among North Carolina law schools. UNC also ranked No. 1 among North
Carolina law schools for first-time test takers for the July
2018 North Carolina bar exam.
Eighty-seven percent (87.5%) of the eight Carolina Law
graduates who took the North Carolina bar exam for the first time in February passed,
according to exam results released by the state’s Board of Law Examiners. The
school’s passage rate exceeded the overall state passage rate of 71.9% for
first time test takers by 15%. The school also ranked first among total test
takers for North Carolina law schools at a 90% passage rate (30 total takers, 27
passing). The school’s 90% passage rate for total test takers exceeded the
overall state passage rate for total test takers by 25%.
“We are pleased with such an outstanding result for our
graduates for North Carolina’s first administration of the UBE,” says O.J. Salinas,
director of the Academic Excellence Program and clinical associate professor of
law at Carolina Law.
The UBE offers law school graduates a portable score that
can be used to apply for admission in other UBE jurisdictions, such as New
York, Washington, D.C., and Boston, therefore maximizing job opportunities and
reducing the cost of taking multiple exams. Passing UBE scores vary by
jurisdiction – North Carolina has one of the higher passing scores at 270.
-April 17, 2019