The State Bar of California has just posted the results of the February 2013 Bar Exam to its web site. The list of persons passing will be public record on Sunday morning at 6:00 a.m. PDT.
Here is the State Bar’s news release on the February 2013 Bar Exam Results:
SAN FRANCISCO, May 17, 2013, 6 p.m. – The State Bar of California’s Committee of Bar Examiners reported today that 41 percent of the applicants passed the February 2013 General Bar Examination (GBX). If the 1,810 people who passed the February 2013 exam satisfy other requirements for admission, they will become members of the State Bar.
Preliminary statistical analyses show that of the 4,419 applicants who took the GBX, 31 percent were first-time takers. The passing rate for 1,371 first-time applicants was 52 percent overall. The passing rate for the 3,048 applicants repeating the examination was 36 percent overall.
Preliminary statistical analyses show the first-time and repeater percent passing the GBX (rounded to whole numbers) by law school type as follows:
School Type First-Timers Repeaters California ABA 60% 50% Out-of-State ABA 49% 39% California Accredited (but not ABA) 25% 17% Unaccredited: Fixed-Facility 14% 12% Unaccredited: Correspondence 42% 16% Unaccredited Distance Learning 29% 9%
The applicants not included in the above totals either were attorneys admitted in other states who either chose or were required to take the GBX, attorneys admitted in foreign jurisdictions, law students in the Law Office/Judge’s Chambers Study Program or law students who qualified to take the GBX through four years of law study. More detailed statistics, including passing rates by individual law schools, will be made available in approximately four to six weeks and published on the State Bar’s website at http://admissions.calbar.ca.gov/.
The three-day General Bar Examination is given twice a year, in February and July. The exam consists of three sections: a multiple-choice Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), six essay questions and two performance tests that are designed to assess an applicant’s ability to apply general legal knowledge to practical tasks. The mean scaled MBE score in California was 1411 compared with the national average of 1380.
In addition, the Committee announced that 230 (50.0 percent) of the 460 lawyers who took the Attorneys’ Examination passed. Out of the total taking the Attorneys’ Examination, 20 were disciplined lawyers who took the examination as a condition of reinstatement; 3 disciplined lawyers passed.
The Attorneys’ Examination, which consists of the essay and performance test sections of the GBX, is open to lawyers who have been admitted to the active practice of law in good standing for at least four years in another United States jurisdiction.
Successful applicants who have satisfied other requirements for admission – those who have not been reported by local district attorneys for being in arrears with family or child support payments, who have received a positive moral character determination and who have passed the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination – may either take the Attorney’s Oath individually or participate in admissions ceremonies held throughout the state during June 2013.
The results suggest a drop in the pas rate. Also interesting is that the mean scaled MBE score for California was 1411 (70.55%), while the national mean scaled MBE score was 1380 (69%). As of May 12, 2013, membership reached 242,750, which makes California…by far…the largest Bar in the U.S. Some would also say its still the most difficult Bar pass.