The fact that bar exam pass rates have been in decline is not news to the legal industry. But the scale and reach of the trend—as well as its impact on graduating law students and the profession overall—is more challenging to measure.

In a new series that continues this week, legal education reporter Karen Sloan shines a light on the root causes of the falling exam passage rate, and what it means. To help paint a picture of what has been going on across the U.S., gathered exam passage rates for five states that are home to major legal markets: California, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Texas.

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