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Monday, January 11, 2010

July 2009 California Bar Exam Results

The July 2009 California bar passage rates by school are out. For first-time takers, the overall pass rates were 70.4% for all takers and 79.3% for graduates of the twenty California ABA-approved law schools.

The results by gender:

  • Female: 70.1% overall, 78.6% CA ABA-approved
  • Male: 70.8% overall, 79.9% CA ABA-approved

The results by race:

  • White: 75.9% overall, 83.2% CA ABA-approved
  • Asian: 68.7% overall, 78.8% CA ABA-approved
  • Other Minority: 61.6% overall, 74.2% CA ABA-approved
  • Hispanic: 59.0% overall, 71.3% CA ABA-approved
  • Black: 43.9% overall, 55.8% CA ABA-approved

Here are the results by school for first-time test-takers, along with each school's U.S. News ranking (California and overall):

Bar Pass

Rank (Rate)

School

US News Rank

CA (Overall)

1 (93.2%)

UC-Berkeley

2 (6)

2 (92.8%)

Stanford

1 (3)

3 (90.8%)

USC

4 (18)

4 (89.1%)

UC-Davis

5 (35)

5 (86.1%)

UC-Hastings

6 (39)

6 (85.7%)

UCLA

3 (15)

7 (85.3%)

Loyola-L.A.

9 (71)

8 (81.9%)

Santa Clara

10 (85)

9 (81.4%)

Cal-Western

Tier 4

10 (81.2%)

San Francisco

11 (98)

11 (81.0%)

Chapman

Tier 3

12 (80.8%)

McGeorge

Tier 3

13 (79.9%)

Pepperdine

7 (55)

79.3%

Statewide Ave. (CA ABA Approved)

14 (78.1%)

San Diego

8 (61)

15 (67.6%

Golden Gate

Tier 4

16 (62.5%)

Southwestern

Tier 3

17 (60.1%)

Whittier

Tier 4

18 (53.0%)

Western State

NR

19 (46.5%)

T. Jefferson

Tier 4

20 (34.0%)

LaVerne

NR

For the July 2008 data, see here.

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Comments

It is interesting that Concord Law School, an Internet based institution, had a higher first-time pass rate (38%) than 9 ABA approved law schools.

Posted by: Beau Baez | Jan 11, 2010 8:22:37 AM