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The pass rate on California’s July bar exam may have risen to a five-year high but one dean says the state remains on “a wayward path” by holding on to a score requirement that is the second highest in the country.

UC Hastings Dean David Faigman said Monday he’s disappointed that only 70 percent of first-time test-takers at American Bar Association-approved schools such as his passed the test. The pass rate for comparable students in New York was 86 percent.

David Faigman. Credit: Jason Doiy/ ALM

“There’s simply no suggestion that New York is admitting scores of unqualified lawyers to the bar,” Faigman told The Recorder. California is “just out of the mainstream,” he added.

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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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