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Students taking a simulated multistate bar examination in 2014 at the Jacob J. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown myriad challenges at 2020’s law graduates, but it appears that the first wave of new J.D.s to sit for the bar exam crushed the test.

The average score on the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)—which is the daylong, 200-question portion of the test—shot up five points for those who took the bar in July as compared to July 2019, according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, which designs the test. That’s the largest year-over-year gain in recent history. July’s average MBE score was 146.1, while the averages between 2015 and 2019 ranged from a low of 139.5 to 141.7.

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Karen Sloan

Karen Sloan is the Legal Education Editor and Senior Writer at ALM. Contact her at [email protected] On Twitter: @KarenSloanNLJ Sign up for Ahead of the Curve—her weekly email update on trends and innovation in legal education—here: https://www.law.com/briefings/ahead-of-the-curve/

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