1,686 law students pass Feb. bar exam

Lawyer numbers in California can increase by 1,686 if those who passed the February bar exam meet all other requirements for admission to the bar.

The Committee of Bar Examiners announced last month that the successful applicants accounted for 43.7 percent of the 3,858 test takers. The pass rate represents a slight increase over the results of the February 1995 exam, in which 41.6 percent of the applicants passed.

Of those who took the exam, 37.3 percent were first-time applicants and 62.7 percent were repeaters.

In addition, 103 out-of-state lawyers of 171 test-takers passed the February Attorneys' Examination. That exam is open to attorneys who have practiced law in another state for four of the past six years.

Another three-day general bar exam will be administered this month. In order to be sworn in as eligible attorneys, successful applicants must show they have received a positive moral character determination, have passed the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination and have not been reported by local authorities for being in arrears with family or child support payments.