Thursday, December 22, 2016
Continuing my coverage of the July 2016 California bar exam (links below): Robert Anderson (Pepperdine), California Law School Bar Passage Rates Recalculated for the New York Bar:
I use the abysmal bar results from the July 2016 bar exam to illustrate the difference between California and another large state, New York. New York has a required passing score that is about average across the 50 states, whereas California has an unusually high required passing score. The table below shows just how different the results for California law schools would have been if California used the same passing score as New York. ...
This chart compares Rob's results for the California law schools' projected New York bar pass rates with the New York law schools' actual New York bar pass rates:
If California used the same passing score as New York, even in this very difficult bar year most California schools would have had passage rates above 80%, and all of them would be well within striking distance of the ABA's proposed 75% passage rate in two years. UC Hastings, which had an extremely difficult 51% pass rate this year, would have had an 80% pass rate in New York. Thomas Jefferson, which had a 31% pass rate in California would have had a 61% pass rate in New York. Whittier, which had a 22% pass rate in California would have had a 51% pass rate in New York.
Update: I have updated the post with Rob's corrected data.
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