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Graduates of University of San Diego and Loyola laws schools posted some of the best pass rates on the February bar exam, according to data released Friday by the state bar.

The new report shows 43% of USD alumni and 42% of Loyola grads posted passing scores for the test, which set a modern-day record for the lowest pass rate on the notoriously difficult exam—26.8%. Other California-based schools with pass rates above the overall success rate include Santa Clara University (39%), Pepperdine (38%), Southwestern (35%) and California Western (34%).

A fuller picture of pass rates by individual schools is hampered by the fact that the state bar does not release statistics for institutions where fewer than 12 graduates took the exam. There is no data from Stanford Law School, for example. Numbers tied to other schools reveal the pass rates only for repeat test-takers: UC Berkeley (58%), UCLA (53%), UC Irvine (50%) and University of Southern California (50%).

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Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller, based in Sacramento, covers the state legislature and emerging industries, including autonomous vehicles and marijuana. She authors the weekly cannabis newsletter Higher Law. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @CapitalAccounts

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