CBJ - December 2012 #06. July bar exam pass rate jumps to 55 percent.


California Bar Journal


CBJ - December 2012 #06.

July bar exam pass rate jumps to 55 percent

The California LawyerDecember 2012July bar exam pass rate jumps to 55 percentA total of 55.3 percent of people who took the General Bar Examination in July passed the grueling three-day test, making them eligible to join the State Bar of California, according to results released in November by the Committee of Bar Examiners.

In July, 74.2 percent who took the bar exam were first time test-takers and 68 percent of them passed. If the 4,834 people who passed the exam meet other admission requirements, they will be eligible to join the ranks of the State Bar, a group with a membership of more than 238,500.

The pass rate for the July bar exam has held fairly steady for the past decade at 50 to 62 percent. But there were some notable trends this year.

* This year's crop of successful test-takers marks an increase over the 54.3 percent who passed in July 2011. * There was a 3 percent jump in the number of people who took the bar this year compared with July 2011. In all, 8,737 took the test compared with 8,456 who took it the previous year. * It was also one of the largest groups of test-takers in recent history. The group of 8,737 people took the exam in 2012, placing them second under the all-time largest group of 8,908 in July 2006. * There were 5 percent fewer people repeating the exam in 2012, but the proportion that passed was about the same as the previous year. Of the 2,252 who took the exam again, 18 percent passed.

More detailed statistics for individual law schools are expected to be released in January and published on the State Bar's website at...

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