Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Following up on my previous posts (links below): Daily Record, How Out-of-State Schools Fared on California Bar Exam:
Newly released data for California’s July 2016 bar exam reveal a strong performance from graduates of most top-tier, out-of-state law schools, while pass rates for students from other programs fell behind.
The test scores, provided to The Recorder, largely mirror those recorded by students of ABA-accredited, California-based schools. Forty-eight percent of all out-of-state law school graduates passed the California test compared to 43 percent of those who went to school in the Golden State. ...
The publicly available records for non-California schools are incomplete. To protect student privacy, the state bar redacted scores from schools where fewer than 11 students took the exam. But the overall pass rates, which dipped to their lowest level in 32 years, suggest struggles with the bar exam also extended to students elsewhere around the country.
Graduates from Ivy League law schools excelled. Students from Yale Law School (96 percent passed), Harvard Law School (88 percent), Columbia Law School (83 percent), University of Pennsylvania Law School (96 percent) and Cornell Law School (95 percent) who took the test for the first time passed in large numbers. As did their counterparts from highly-ranked schools in California, including Stanford Law School (91 percent), University of California, Berkeley School of Law (84 percent) and UCLA School of Law (82 percent).
Here’s how first-time test-takers from several other schools ranked in the Top 25 nationally by U.S. News & World Report fared: Only two of 15 graduates from Boston University School of Law passed the exam; the pass rate for Emory University School of Law was 44 percent; and 58 percent of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law graduates were successful.
Previous TaxProf Blog coverage:
- July 2016 California Bar Exam Carnage (Nov. 22, 2016)
- More On The California Bar Exam Carnage (Dec. 5, 2016)
- Who Is To Blame For UC-Hastings 'Horrific' 51% Bar Pass Rate? (Dec. 7, 2016)
- July 2016 California Bar Exam Results: Nine Law Schools (Including UC-Hastings) Are At Risk Of Failing ABA's Proposed New Bar Passage Accreditation Standard (Dec. 13, 2016)
- Anderson: Deans, Denial, And The California Bar Exam (Dec. 20, 2016)
- Despite 'Horrific' 51% Bar Passage Rate, New UC-Hastings Dean Says School Is Poised To 'Catapult Into National Preeminence' Using NYU As A Model (Dec. 21, 2016)
- California Law School Bar Pass Rates Recalculated For New York: Stanford, UCB, USC > NYU; UCI, UCLA > Columbia; Chapman, Loyola, McGeorge, Pepperdine, Santa Clara, UCD, USD > Fordham (Dec. 22, 2016)