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Saturday, January 25, 2014

July 2013 California Bar Exam Results

California State BarThe July 2013 California bar passage rates by school are out. Here are the results for first-time test-takers for the 21 California ABA-approved law schools, along with each school's U.S. News ranking (California and overall):

Bar Pass

Rank (Rate)

 

School

US News Rank

CA (Overall)

1 (91.0%)

Stanford

1 (2)

2 (88.2%)

UCLA

3 (17)

3 (87.7%)

Loyola-L.A.

8 (68)

4 (85.5%)

USC

4 (18)

5 (85.3%)

UC-Berkeley

2 (9)

6 (85.0%)

UC-Davis

5 (38)

7 (80.6%)

Pepperdine

7 (61)

8 (77.5%)

UC-Irvine

n/r

9 (77.1%)

Chapman.

12 (126)

10 (76.1%)

UC-Hastings

6 (48)

75.9%

Statewide Ave. (CA ABA-Approved)

11 (75.3%)

Western State

Tier 2

12 (74.7%)

San Francisco

13 (144)

13 (74.6%)

San Diego

8 (68)

14 (74.2%)

Southwestern

Tier 2

15 (73.0%)

Santa Clara

10 (96)

16 (68.5%)

California Western

Tier 2

17 (67.7%)

La Verne

n/r

18 (66.9%)

McGeorge

11 (124)

19 (64.7%)

Whittier

Tier 2

20 (56.4%)

Golden Gate

Tier 2

21 (50.3%)

Thomas Jefferson

Tier 2

Here are the five out-of-state schools with the highest and lowest pass rates:

  • 95.9%:  Harvard (98 test-takers)
  • 95.7%:  NYU (47)
  • 94.7%:  Cornell (19)
  • 94.1%:  Boston University (17)
  • 93.3%:  Yale (30)
  • 91.7%:  Illinois (12), University of Washington (12)
  • 89.5%:  Texas (19)
  • 88.9%:  Pennsylvania (27)
  • 87.8%:  Michigan (49)
  • 25.0%:  Howard (8), Syracuse (8)
  • 22.2%:  Indiana-Indianapolis (9), Loyola-Chicago (9), UNLV (9)
  • 21.4%:  Arizona (14)
  • 21.0%:  Phoenix (19)
  • 12.5%:  Thomas Cooley (16)
  • 10.0%:  Florida Coastal (10), Suffolk (10)

Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2014/01/july-2013.html

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Comments

LOL at Irvine tying with Chapman! Must hurt at a school so obsessed with rankings!

Posted by: Anon | Jan 25, 2014 12:47:50 PM

Interesting, but shouldn't we really be ranking the bar review courses, not the law schools, as far as passing the bar exam?

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen | Jan 26, 2014 10:07:10 PM

I find it laughable that Erwin Chemerinsky, the dean of the oh so elite and prestigious Cal-Irvine Law School, teaches, (and has taught for at least the last decade), con law for BarBri, the preeminent monopoly bar prep course in California!

How embarrassing that a self-proclaimed top 20 law school whose dean teaches a bar prep course only managed to rank 8th in terms of bar passage. You just can't make this stuff up! I can't wait to see how Irvine spins this...

Posted by: anon | Jan 27, 2014 12:23:19 AM

Harvard had 98 test takers? How does anyone at Yale fail the bar? How do Illinois and Washington have higher pass rates than Michigan, Penn, and Texas?

If 1 in 4 of a school's students fail the bar, doesn't that say a lot about the school? We should seriously tie federal loans with default rates. I can't believe students at TJ are paying back their loans if they can't even practice the law.

Eric, I don't think the bar prep. course has much to do with it. Almost all were probably taking BarBri or Kaplan. They are equivalent test prep companies. I view most bar prep as a commodity these days.

Posted by: HTA | Jan 27, 2014 2:30:45 PM

one reason that the bar passage rates differ significantly is because of the number of students in each class. for instance, the number of students who take the bar form hastings is two times the number of students form stanford who take the bar. with a greater sample size come greater room for error

Posted by: anon | Jan 29, 2014 5:13:18 AM