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Monday, December 21, 2015

July 2015 California Bar Exam Results

California State BarThe July 2015 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 (88.8%)

Stanford

1 (2)

2 (86.7%)

USC

4 (20)

3 (85.4%)

UCLA

3 (16)

4 (84.8%)

UC-Berkeley

2 (8)

5 (79.8%)

UC-Irvine

5 (30)

6 (76.5%)

Loyola-L.A.

10 (75)

7 (74.3%)

UC-Davis

6 (31)

8 (72.0%)

San Diego

9 (71)

9 (71.2%)

Chapman

12 (127)

10 (69.9%)

McGeorge

Tier 2

11 (69.3%)

Santa Clara

11 (94)

12 (68.7%)

Pepperdine

7 (52)

68.2%

Statewide Ave. (CA ABA-Approved)

13 (67.5%)

UC-Hastings

8 (59)

14 (59.9%)

Cal-Western

Tier 2

15 (55.6%)

Western State

Tier 2

16 (53.3%)

La Verne

n/r

17 (50.6%)

Southwestern

Tier 2

18 (47.7%)

T. Jefferson

Tier 2

19 (47.4%)

San Francisco

Tier 2

20 (39.3%)

Golden Gate

Tier 2

21 (37.7%)

Whittier

Tier 2

One of the California-accredited law school (Lincoln Law School of Sacramento) had a higher pass rate (44.3% (23/52)) than two of the ABA-accredited law schools (Golden Gate (39.3%) and Whittier (37.7%)).

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

  • 93.3%:  Yale (30 test-takers)
  • 92.1%:  Virginia (38)
  • 89.7%:  Chicago (29)
  • 88.9%:  Pennsylvania (18)
  • 86.0%:  Harvard (93)
  • 85.7%:  NYU (42)
  • 84.9%:  Michigan (53)
  • 83.9%:  Columbia (31)
  • 83.3%:  Texas (12)
  • 27.3%:  Minnesota (11)
  • 27.0%:  American (37)
  • 25.0%:  Michigan State (8), New England (12)
  • 14.3%:  Charlotte (7), Miami (7), Vermont (14)
  • 12.5%:  John Marshall-Chicago (8)
  • 7.7%:    Phoenix (13)
  • 0.0%:    Florida Coastal (4), Suffolk (10), Syracuse (13), Thomas Cooley (8)

Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:

Update:

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2015/12/july-2015-california-bar-exam-results.html

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Comments

W&L was highest amongst the out of state, non T-14 schools with 78%. Very strong results all over the country the last two years.

Posted by: DubyaNell | Dec 21, 2015 5:52:42 AM

Why no mention of WashU poor passage rate?

Posted by: Washu | Dec 21, 2015 10:58:46 AM

It would be interesting to list the median LSAT scores of the schools too.

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen | Dec 22, 2015 1:40:48 PM