One of the questions we hear most is, "What are your pass rates?” A simple question on the surface, but there’s so much more to it.
For any bar review course, the pool of students directly influences the pass rate, making analysis and comparison on an individual level fraught with error. For example, a bar review course with an oversupply of students in the top 25% of their law school class is very likely to have a higher pass rate than one that is overrepresented by the bottom 25%. And there are myriad other distinctions that exert influence as well. So, before you take pass rates at face value, it's important to understand the complexity of these influences.
Helix Bar Review takes pride in providing transparent and accurate pass rates. Unlike some commercial companies that utilize limited samples of self-reported surveys to publish seemingly impressive pass rates, or those that rely on name recognition and just expect you to believe, Helix adopts a more rigorous and honest approach.
Helix Bar Review meticulously computes pass rates based on ALL first-time J.D. takers who complete 75% or more of the course, including 75% of what we label “benchmark coursework.” Benchmark coursework comprises three out of four MBE practice exams, the MBE portion of the simulated exam, and the submission of three out of five graded essays and/or performance tests. These elements constitute essential and targeted preparation, allowing Helix students to thoroughly assess their readiness for the bar exam. 99% of Helix students naturally complete this coursework as an integral part of their program, which is guided by the Helix Study Plan.
Guiding students on the path to success is our mission at AccessLex Institute, and this specific coursework is instrumental in that journey. In fact, individuals passing the bar with Helix, yet not meeting the 75% benchmark coursework requirement, are excluded from the calculation — reflecting our commitment to accountability, even for passers.
Lastly, in cases where Helix cannot verify an exam result, the student is considered unsuccessful, and that too is factored into the calculations.
All of this said, please don’t rely on pass rates alone — there are just too many unseen variables at play. Do your research and understand that success on the bar exam is a result of dedicated study time and high-quality work. There are no shortcuts! Be prepared to complete 85% or more of any course you choose.
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