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July 2009 California Bar Exam Results

San Francisco, November 20, 2009 — The State Bar of California’s Committee of Bar Examiners reported today that 56.4 percent of the applicants passed the July 2009 General Bar Examination (GBX). If the 4,888 people who passed the July 2009 exam satisfy other requirements for admission, they will become members of the State Bar.

Preliminary statistical analyses show that of the 8,667 applicants who took the GBX, 71.0 percent were first-time takers. The passing rate for 6,152 first-time applicants was 70.0 percent overall. The passing rate for the 2,515 applicants repeating the examination was 22.0 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 79% 31%
Out-of-State ABA 69% 27%
CA (but not ABA) Accredited 32% 12%
Unaccredited:Fixed Facility 4% 10%
Unacredited:Correspondence/Distance Learning 32% 11%
All Others 44% 20%
All Applicants 70% 22%

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