Paul L. Caron

Friday, December 16, 2016

Muller:  The Complete Collapse Of Bar Passage Rates In California

California (2016)Following up on my previous posts (links below) on the July 2016 California Bar Exam carnage: Derek Muller (Pepperdine), The Collapse of Bar Passage Rates in California:

My colleague Paul Caron has helpfully displayed the data of the performance of California law schools in the July 2016 California bar exam. It's worth noting that the results aren't simply bad for many law schools; they represent a complete collapse of scores in the last three years.

The chart here shows the performance of first-time California bar test-takers who graduated from California's 22 ABA-accredited law schools in the July 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 administrations of the exam.

The blue line in the middle is the statewide average among California's ABA-accredited law schools. (The overall passage rate among all ABA-accredited law schools is usually a point or two lower than this average.)


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A historical memory is useful. When I took the CA bar in 1979, the pass rate was 52% (If I remember correctly).

Posted by: robert rosen | Dec 16, 2016 9:52:56 AM