The results for the February sitting of California’s bar exam were bleak. Now law schools around the country can see just what role their graduates played in driving the overall pass rate on the exam to an all-time low 27.3 percent.
The state bar on Thursday released figures showing how alumni from many schools in California and around the country performed on the notoriously difficult-to-pass test. There is good news in the numbers for some schools.
Nine out of 11—or 82 percent—first-time test-takers from Georgetown University passed the test. First-timers’ success rates at Santa Clara University hit 77 percent and 70 percent for graduates of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
Repeat test-takers at UC Berkeley (63 percent passed), Loyola (53 percent), UCLA (53 percent) and George Washington University (53 percent) outpaced the overall success rate of 22.8 percent for exam veterans.
Some schools, however, produced dismal pass rates.
None of the 12 graduates of Washington University who were repeating the test passed. Just 13 percent of all Western State College of Law alumni earned a passing score. The overall success rate at Golden Gate University, warned by the American Bar Association in April about low exam pass rates and attrition, was 14 percent.
The bar did not release pass rates for schools where fewer than 11 students sat for the exam.
Bar officials this year also disclosed pass rates for test-takers who disclosed their gender and race. Men taking the test for the first time tended to do better than women. The reverse was true among repeaters. White graduates of California-based ABA-approved schools taking the test for the first time outpaced their peers from other racial groups. The racial disparities among repeat test-takers were less pronounced.
We’ve posted the February 2018 bar examination general statistics report below: