California Bar Journal
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 2000
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California Bar Journal

The State Bar of California


REGULARS

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Front Page - January 2000
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News Briefs
Former Unruh aide appointed to serve on State Bar board
Ardaiz, O'Leary named jurists of the year for '99
Judicial Administration fellowships
Public law section online library
Board meets Feb. 4-5
51.2 percent pass July '99 bar exam
Board hires search firm for new bar chief
Litigation section offers MCLE week in legal London
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Trials Digest
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From the President - Reciprocity reform: The future is now
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Opinion
For most Americans, our system is a failure
Ethics 2000: On target, or lost in space
Letters to the Editor
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Public Comment
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MCLE Self-Study
Of Counsel: Avoiding Conflicts
Self-Assessment Test
MCLE Calendar of Events
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Important Information About Your 2000 Membership Fee
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You Need to Know
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Appointments
Apply to serve on a bar committee
Bar seeks applicants for ABA delegates
Judge evaluation positions open
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Discipline
Ethics Byte - Warding off the foul tort in a new year
Bankruptcy attorney disbarred after abandoning clients
Attorney Discipline
51.2 percent pass July '99 bar exam
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Nearly 4,000 new lawyers will join the ranks of the State Bar after passing the July bar exam. Only 51.2 percent of applicants succeeded on the exam, a pass rate slightly lower than the 52.5 percent rate for the July 1998 exam.

Of 7,720 test-takers, 3,951 passed.

Among the 5,553 first-time applicants, 63.8 percent passed. Of those, 3,434 (68.5 percent) attended California law schools approved by the American Bar Association, 396 (33.3 percent) attended schools accredited by the committee of bar examiners but not approved by the ABA, and 46 (23.9 percent) studied law at unaccredited law schools.

For the 2,167 repeat applicants, the pass rate was 18.9 percent.

In addition to prospective lawyers, 320 attorneys took the Attorneys’ Examination, and 138 (43.1 percent) passed.

Successful applicants who satisfied other conditions for admission were eligible to be sworn in last month. As of Dec. 1, there were nearly 165,850 lawyers, active and inactive, licensed in California.