Friday, May 25, 2007

The overall pass rate was 36.8%.

At first, that seemed low. But then I checked the statistics. It seems like that's about average for the February exam.


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San Francisco, May 25, 2007 — The State Bar of California's Committee of Bar Examiners reported today that 36.8 percent of the applicants passed the February 2007 General Bar Examination (GBX).

If the 1,900 people who passed the February 2007 exam satisfy other requirements for admission, they will become members of the State Bar.

February 2007 Bar Exam Results

California Bar Exam Information & History

California Bar Exam Pass Rate Summaries

Preliminary statistical analyses show that of the 5,167 applicants who took the GBX, 30.2 percent were first-time takers. The passing rate for 1,560 first-time applicants was 53.0 percent overall. The passing rate for the 3,607 applicants repeating the examination was 30.0 percent overall.

Preliminary statistical analyses show the first-time and repeater percent passing the GBX (rounded to whole numbers) by law school type as follows:

School Type First-Timers Repeaters
California ABA 61% 39%
Out-of-State ABA 52% 34%
CA (but not ABA) Accredited 31% 12%
Correspondence 40% 13%
Unaccredited 13% 8%
All Others 54% 28%
All Applicants 53% 30%

The applicants not included in the above totals either were attorneys admitted in other states who either chose or were required to take the GBX, attorneys admitted in foreign jurisdictions, law students in the Law Office/Judge’s Chambers Study Program or law students who qualified to take the GBX through four years of law study.

More detailed statistics, including passing rates by individual law schools, will be made available in approximately four to six weeks and published on the State Bar’s Web site at

The three-day General Bar Examination is given twice a year, in February and July. The exam consists of three sections: a multiple-choice Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), six essay questions, and two performance tests that are designed to assess an applicant's ability to apply general legal knowledge to practical tasks. The mean scaled MBE score in California was 1397 compared with the national average of 1369.

In addition, the Committee announced that 181 (47.6 percent) of the 380 lawyers who took the Attorneys' Examination passed.

The Attorneys' Examination, which consists of the essay and performance test sections of the GBX, is open to lawyers who have been admitted to the active practice of law in good standing for at least four years in another United States jurisdiction.

Successful applicants who have satisfied other requirements for admission - those who have not been reported by local district attorneys for being in arrears with family or child support payments, who have received a positive moral character determination and who have passed the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination - may either take the Attorney's Oath individually or participate in admissions ceremonies held throughout the state during June 2007.

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