Nearly 80% pass February 2019 bar exam in Montana
Friday, April 12, 2019
Posted by: Joe Menden
Montana’s scores for the February 2019 bar exam are in – and the results are very good.
Twenty-six of the 33 people who took the exam, or 79 percent, earned a passing score of at least 266 on the Uniform Bar Exam in February, the Montana Board of Bar Examiners has announced. That is up slightly from the 76 percent of Montana exam-takers who passed in February 2018 – which was a large increase from the 51 percent pass rate in February 2017.
There is also reason for optimism nationally. The National Conference of Bar Examiners on Thursday announced that the mean score for the Multistate Bar Exam rose for the first time in six years, from 132.8 to 134.0. The MBE is the multiple-choice portion of the bar exam that makes up half of the UBE.
Montana exam-takers significantly outperformed the national average on the Multistate Bar Exam. The mean MBE score in Montana was 141.
Not all states have released the scores from the essay portion of the UBE.
The following Montana exam-takers received a passing score on the February UBE:
Qasim Walid Abdul-Baki, Lillian Marie Alvernaz, Kathryn Maian Brautigam, Caitlin Christin Buzzas, Emily Jayne Cross, Liza Merrifield Dennehy, Patricia Danielle Gornick, Judy Kathleen Hanrahan, Ellen Bastian Haynam, Austin Markus James, Chelsey Sarah Snow Kottke, Morgan K. Lix, Michael John Moree, Nadine Olivia Nadow, Alexa Jade Pyette, Clark Ryan Ramse, Richard Lee Salois, Caleb Stevens, Jocelyn Kyla Tillisch, Jenna Lee Tatsey, Kasodie Maye West, Tyler John Fries, Markie Lynn Murley, Ashley Jean Weaver, Caitlin Elizabeth Zimmerman, and Niki Marie Zupanic.