California Bar Journal
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56.9 percent pass the July bar exam
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The State Bar's Committee of Bar Examiners announced last month that 56.9 percent of the applicants passed the July general bar examination, a slim improvement over last July's pass rate of 55.3 percent. If the 4,338 successful applicants satisfy other requirements for admission, they will become members of the bar and boost membership to nearly 179,000, the largest in the nation.

The committee also announced that 191 - 52.8 percent - of the 362 lawyers who took the attorneys' examination passed, a rate lower than the July 2000 exam when 54.7 percent passed. The attorneys' exam is open to lawyers who have practiced at least four years in another jurisdiction.

Preliminary information shows that 69.6 percent of the 7,618 applicants were first-time takers. Their passing rates were: 70 percent overall, 78.6 percent for applicants who attend-ed California law schools approved by the ABA, 70.3 percent for those from ABA-approved schools outside California, 33.3 percent for applicants from schools accredited by the committee but not approved by the ABA, 14.3 percent for those from unaccredited law schools, and 50.8 percent for those who did not take the bar exam within one year of graduation.

Twenty-seven percent of the 2,316 repeaters passed.