Here’s the PressRelease from the CA Bar Examiners’ Web Site. The “official” overall pass rate was only 42.2%, with only 53% of first time takers passing and a 37% pass rate for repeat takers.
This is the lowest official pass rate in the country that I’m aware of for the Feb test, and frankly, it’s just crazy. There’s no justification for a test that is only producing a 40+% pass rate when the rest of the nation is in the 70+% range.
I’ll be reviewing test scores later this week as individual applicants receive their score sheets and I’ll share my thoughts more at that point. For today, my guess is that it took a 140 minimum on the MBE and an average 60-65 on the essays and PTs to pass. We’ll see if that’s correct. Until then, if you didn’t pass the exam, hang in there…you’ve got lots (too much) company.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 18, 2012, 6:00 p.m. – The State Bar of California’s Committee of Bar Examiners reported today that 42.2 percent of the applicants passed the February 2012 General Bar Examination (GBX). If the 1,849 people who passed the February 2012 exam satisfy other requirements for admission, they will become members of the State Bar.
Preliminary statistical analyses show that of the 4,382 applicants who took the GBX, 33 percent were first-time takers. The passing rate for 1,446 first-time applicants was 53 percent overall. The passing rate for the 2,936 applicants repeating the examination was 37 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 TypeFirst-TimersRepeatersCalifornia ABA62%50%Out-of-State ABA48%39%California Accredited (but not ABA)34%25%Unaccredited: Fixed-Facility0%11%Unaccredited: Correspondence46%17%Unaccredited Distance Learning31%14%