California Bar Journal
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55 percent pass July bar exam
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The State Bar’s Committee of Bar Examiners reported that 55.3 percent of the applicants who took the July 2000 general bar examination passed. The rate is higher than the 51.2 percent passing rate on the July 1999 bar exam. If the 4,233 people who passed the exam satisfy other requirements for admission, they will become members of the bar.

Preliminary statistical analyses show that of the 7,655 applicants who took the July exam, 77 percent were first-time takers. The passing rates for the 5,894 first-time applicants were: 64.3 percent overall, 71.7 percent for applicants who attended California law schools approved by the ABA, 64.3 percent for applicants from ABA-approved schools outside of California, 28.6 percent for applicants from schools accredited by the bar committee but not approved by the ABA, 21.8 percent for applicants who studied law at unaccredited law schools, and 54.3 percent for those who were not allocated to a law school (because they did not take the bar exam within one year of graduation). Most of these applicants are graduates of an ABA-approved law school.

For the 1,761 applicants repeat test-takers, the overall pass rate was 25.3 percent.

The committee also announced that 204 (54.7 percent) of the 373 lawyers who took the Attorneys’ Examination passed. This passing rate is higher than the July 1999 exam, when 43.8 percent of the lawyer applicants passed.