Ube Scores by State 2022

Lowest Minimum UBE Scores

Alabama, Missouri, Minnesota, New Mexico, and North Dakota all have the lowest minimum passing score for the Uniform Bar Exam, at 260. This does not necessarily paint the entire picture, as the state with the highest number of passing lawyers was South Dakota, as of 2021. While these states enjoy the lowest grade to pass, it does not reflect their difficulty or challenges, as is with the case of New Mexico. New Mexico is one of the toughest landscapes for lawyers to compete with, notably being mentioned in the popular Netflix series "Better Call Saul" and "Breaking Bad". It gave some insight into the issues plaguing New Mexico, especially in the criminal landscape and the drug trade.

Alabama and Missouri are interesting to note as well, as they are among the lowest (if not, the lowest) states in terms of literacy and economic development. As such, the bar exam is both made to be more simple and more inviting for up-and-coming lawyers to add more professional talent to their pool of candidates. Missouri is often ranked 50th in many regards to the economy and quality of life, and it would be a poor decision to increase the difficulty.

Highest Minimum UBE Scores

Alaska is the state with the highest UBE score, at 280. This is followed by Colorado (276), Arizona (273), and Idaho/Pennsylvania (272). Alaska is in an extremely unique situation, being separated from the rest of the continental and pacific United States. Their closest countries are Canada and Russia and they enjoy some of the lowest tax rates and restrictions in the country. As such, trade and international travel is frequent, bringing to it one of the most challenging environments for lawyers to practice in. Some barristers have compensated extremely well for moving to Alaska from other countries, including domestically from the continental USA.

Colorado and Arizona prove that having a high minimum score does not necessarily prove difficulty, as they are located within the same region as NM, which is considered to have the lowest minimum score required to achieve a passing grade. In general, the mid-west to the west region holds some pronounced competition and challenges that are related to the environment and nature of the legal problems that a licensed state lawyer would need to be competent in their regard.

The Most Difficult Bar Exams

The United States has some of the most difficult exams in the world for becoming a licensed lawyer. With this being said, the difficulty of each state varies from one to the other, often denoted by "Bonus Percentages", which generally denotes difficulty. South Dakota is considered one of the easiest exams, with California's exam being the most difficult. It also has one of the lowest passing rates, below Wyoming. Louisiana is considered the state with the 2nd most difficult exam, but consequently, also has the lowest passing rate of 68.23%. This denotes that although California leads the market in difficulty, it has some of the brightest minds to rise to the occasion.

Ube Scores by State 2022