When will the July 2021 Washington D.C. Bar Exam results be released?
The July Washington D.C. Bar Exam results are usually released around mid-to-end October. However, this year, the exam is being administered ONLINE only. So, it is much harder to make a prediction! You can read more about D.C.’s bar exam changes here. Thus, it is unclear when the Committee on Admissions will release July 2021 Washington D.C. Bar Exam results, but we have a guess!
UPDATE 10/29/21—RESULTS ARE OUT!
When will the July 2021 Washington D.C. Bar Exam results be released?
The last several release dates for the Washington D.C. Bar Exam are posted below. We also included the day of the week that the Committee released the results. Washington D.C. seems to like releasing bar exam results on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Due to COVID-19, it is unclear when the results will be released this year. Why?
- The number of takers may change (it may increase or decrease)
- It is unclear if the Committee on Admissions will have to change their grading process (i.e. how graders grade or who their graders are) due to the pandemic
Our best guess is that the results will be released on or around Friday, October 29, 2021—UPDATE, WE WERE CORRECT! The release date could still be later due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, it should be noted that students who do not pass still need adequate time to prepare for the February 2022 bar exam. *Note: The Washington D.C Committee on Admissions, will sometimes update its website with the results release date. Please check to see if their website is updated!
Past July Washington D.C. Bar Exam Release Dates and Passage Rates
(note that these are the dates that students were notified of whether they passed, not when the list of certified passers by name was released!)
- July 2021: Friday, October 29 (73% pass rate, 1609/2200 takers)
- October 2020: Wednesday, December 9 (76.4% pass rate, 1285/1682 takers)
- July 2019: Wednesday, October 30 (69% pass rate, 1241/1799 takers)
- July 2018: Friday, November 9 (67% pass rate, 1140/1702 takers)
- July 2017: Thursday, October 25 (72% pass rate, 800/1112 takers)
- July 2016: Tuesday, November 1 (62% pass rate, 422/684 takers)
- July 2015: Thursday, October 15 (44% pass rate, 130/296 takers)
- July 2014: Friday, October 17 (33% pass rate, 87/264 takers)
- July 2013: Thursday, October 24 (47% pass rate, 115/247 takers)
- July 2012: Wednesday, October 31 (53% pass rate, 111/210 takers)
- July 2011: Thursday, October 27 (47% pass rate, 97/208 takers)
- July 2010: Monday, October 18 (41% pass rate, 97/237 takers)
Because there were over double the amount of takers and because Washington D.C. switched to the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), it took until November 1 to release the July 2016 results. The Committee also released both the July 2017 and July 2018 results a little later as well. (Indeed, the number of takers more than doubled again between 2016 and 2018!) We suspect that the number of bar exam takers will continue to remain high in July 2021 and that the results release date will continue to be later rather than earlier—especially since the exam is online!
If you are wondering why the number of Washington D.C. exam takers has increased, we suspect it is because (a) Washington D.C. is a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) jurisdiction and (b) Washington D.C. allows bar takers to “transfer” MBE scores or written scores from other states where an examinee may have failed before. Check out this post for more information!
July 2021 Washington D.C. Bar Exam Passage Rate
We think the passage rate for the July 2021 Washington D.C. Bar Exam will be about the same as July 2020. The July 2018 bar exam results had a pass rate of 67%. This was down from 72% the year before. (Between July 2010 and July 2016, the July pass rate has hovered between 33% and 53%.) The amount of D.C. Bar Exam takers has increased significantly and this may or may not affect the pass rates! That being said, all of this could change in light of COVID-19!
Past February Washington D.C. Bar Exam Release Dates and Passage Rates
The February pass rates have consistently been lower, even as the amount of bar exam takers has increased. We include the breakdown below:
- February 2021: Thursday, May 13 (47% pass rate) (314/665 takers)
- February 2020: Friday, May 29 (38.7% pass rate) (811 takers)
- February 2019: Monday, May 20 (49% pass rate) (385/785 takers)
- February 2018: Wednesday, May 16 (47% pass rate) (294/623 takers)
- February 2017: Friday, May 12 (46% pass rate) (230/496 takers)
- February 2016: Friday, May 6 (44% pass rate) (142/324 takers)
- February 2015: Friday, May 1 (37 % pass rate) (102/271 takers)
- February 2014: Thursday, May 8 (47% pass rate) (132/280 takers)
- February 2013: Wednesday, May 1 (46% pass rate) (105/229 takers)
- February 2012: Wednesday, April 25 (46% pass rate) (110/237 takers)
- February 2011: Wednesday, April 27 (48% pass rate) (100/210 takers)
How will you find out whether you passed the Washington D.C. July 2021 bar exam?
According to the Committee on Admissions, you will be notified of your exact score via mail. The Committee also posts an alphabetical list of successful applicants on the second floor of the Courthouse. This list will also be posted on the D.C. website here.
Note: We heard last time that if you only took the essay portion of the bar exam, the Committee did not include your name on the posting. Instead, the Committee alerted you via mail with your results. If you have other information regarding this, please let us know in the comments below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can update this post!
I’m worried I failed! Can I reserve a spot for tutoring or a course?
Yes. If you are reading this pre-bar exam, you can reach out to us anytime for tutoring. If you are reading this post-bar exam, you are still welcome to reserve a spot for one of our courses or services. The best deal that we offer for your money is our highly regarded, small group Uniform Bar Exam Course. This course fills up quickly because spots are very limited! We highly recommend applying early and reserving your spot early! We tailor this course to the Uniform Bar Exam. *Note: If you temporarily reserve a spot, you are not required to use the spot. It will merely be held for you.
If you are one of the lucky ones that only need to take the essay portion of the Washington D.C. Bar Exam, you should also check out our myriad of additional resources, including our MEE One-Sheets, our MEE Seminar, and our MEE Course. We also offer private tutoring for the UBE. *Note: Space is limited so we recommend you reserve your spot early.
Just because you reserve a spot (as your plan B!) does not mean you will “jinx yourself!” In fact, most students who reserve a spot with us end up not needing it (even though they are convinced they failed!). Please see this post about how to deal with worrying about bar exam results before they are released! You are also welcome to contact us if you find you cannot stop worrying.
If you want to come up with your “plan B” early, check out this post: “I failed the Washington D.C. Bar Exam. What should I do?” Having a plan B can help relieve anxiety while you wait for results.
Wondering what to do while you wait for July 2021 Washington D.C. Bar Exam results?
While you wait for July 2021 Washington D.C. Bar Exam results, check out these articles:
- Plan a nice post-bar exam vacation (or “bar moon” as some call it!). Anywhere. Being in an in-between stage of your life can be difficult in some ways, but it gives you an excuse to take a break!
- Figure out a plan of attack if you fail and if you pass. We have some stellar ideas on “The Art of Waiting for Bar Exam Results.” This will help you come up with a plan A and a plan B.
- We have some work-related articles here that discuss how to start your own business, how to start your own law firm, polishing up your Linkedin profile, etc. These are especially useful if you are looking to put yourself in the best position to get a job while waiting for bar exam results.
If you failed the bar exam:
- I failed the Washington D.C. Bar Exam. What should I do? This article tailors its advice to Washington D.C.!
- I failed the bar exam. What should I do? contains a detailed step-by-step guide on what to do!
- If you took the Uniform bar exam, read this post on what to do if you failed the Uniform Bar Exam, as well as this post on what your UBE score report means.
- How to pass the bar exam the second time around: 5 things to do differently.
- I failed the bar exam twice (or three times, or four, or more times): Here is a step-by-step guide to getting out of this vicious cycle!
- Should I rewatch lectures if I fail the bar exam? Generally, the answer is no.
- How to tell your boss you failed the bar exam: This includes some tips on how to start this conversation.
- Lastly, check out our very popular note to those who failed the bar exam, quotes for those who failed the bar exam, and a list of famous people that failed the bar exam—you are not alone!
- Read this detailed guide on what to do if you failed the Uniform Bar Exam.
If you passed the bar exam:
- Read our note to those who passed the bar exam. It reminds you how to mind your bar exam manners (and keep your friends) if you passed!
- A description of swearing-in ceremonies: It is true that this is focused on Michigan, but they are pretty similar everywhere!
Good luck waiting for July 2021 Washington D.C. Bar Exam results!!
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