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PASSING THE BAR EXAM

<i> Compiled by researcher Tracy Thomas</i>

Of the 7,186 people who took the California State Bar exam last July, 52.5% passed and won the right to practice law. But the pass rate was 66.2%--the highest since 1979--among the 4,792 people taking the exam for the first time. The pass percentage traditionally is higher among first-timers than among the total group of applicants, which includes people who repeatedly fail the exam.

Among the statistics compiled by the State Bar of California are comparative pass-fail rates for graduates of California-accredited law schools. Shown below are results of the July exam, with schools ranked according to the percentage of first-time applicants passing. Also shown are the combined results for first-time applicants taking the 10 bar exams given over 5 years--from February , 1984 , through July , 1988. Statewide, of 30,640 first-time bar applicants during that time, 17,955--or 58.59%--passed the test.

Rankings of unaccredited and correspondence schools are not included. Schools listed in bold are in Los Angeles County.

STATE ACCREDITED, ABA-APPROVED SCHOOLS

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FIRST-TIMERS ALL APPLICANTS FIRST JULY ’88 JULY'88 19 TAKING TAKING TAKING SCHOOL EXAM %PASS EXAM %PASS EXAM USC 165 86.7% 194 78.9% 889 Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley 229 86.0% 252 81.0% 1,162 Stanford University 96 85.4% 103 82.5% 441 UC Davis 132 81.1% 155 76.8% 763 UCLA 238 80.7% 291 73.5% 1,248 Hastings, UC San Francisco 405 78.5% 467 71.9% 2,031 Loyola University, 282 77.7% 363 68.9% 1,688 Los Angeles Southwestern University, 160 72.5% 224 60.7% 1,157 Los Angeles Pepperdine University, 108 70.4% 148 62.2% 724 Malibu U. of the Pacific 255 67.1% 305 61.6% 1,559 (McGeorge), Sacramento University of San Francisco 141 66.7% 202 56.9% 926 University of San Diego 216 63.4% 286 55.2% 1,203 University of Santa Clara 172 62.8% 246 52.8% 1,164 Golden Gate Univ., 70 57.1% 144 41.7% 731 San Francisco California Western, 51 47.1% 99 43.4% 511 San Diego Whittier University 67 35.8% 125 32.0% 444

-TIMERS 84-88 SCHOOL %PASSED USC 74.46% Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley 82.70% Stanford University 84.12% UC Davis 76.67% UCLA 71.87% Hastings, UC San Francisco 76.07% Loyola University, 63.74% Los Angeles Southwestern University, 54.45% Los Angeles Pepperdine University, 53.72% Malibu U. of the Pacific 66.32% (McGeorge), Sacramento University of San Francisco 56.58% University of San Diego 58.76% University of Santa Clara 59.45% Golden Gate Univ., 44.45% San Francisco California Western, 44.81% San Diego Whittier University 34.90%

ACCREDITED, NON ABA-APPROVED SCHOOLS

TAKING TAKING TAKING SCHOOL EXAM %PASS EXAM %PASS EXAM San Joaquin College, Fresno 20 90.0% 29 75.9% 127 Empire College, Santa Rosa 13 69.2% 27 51.9% 106 Monterey College 13 69.2% 23 43.5% 117 Glendale University 9 66.7% 18 44.4% 85 Ventura College 17 58.8% 37 35.1% 132 John F. Kennedy Univ., 18 55.6% 41 34.1% 175 Walnut Creek Humphrey’s College, Stockton 13 53.8% 20 40.0% 61 Western State Univ., San Diego 45 51.1% 152 27.0% 597 Univ. of West Los Angeles 33 48.5% 117 25.6% 324 Western State Univ., Fullerton 130 47.7% 415 27.5% 1,366 La Verne University 15 46.7% 36 33.3% 136 National Univ., San Diego 25 40.0% 40 30.0% 106 San Francisco Law School 28 35.7% 55 25.5% 149 Santa Barbara College of Law 12 33.3% 24 20.8% 137 La Verne Univ. at San Fernando, 26 30.8% 72 26.4% 201 Sepulveda Lincoln Univ., Sacramento 37 29.7% 53 34.0% 153 New College, San Francisco 9 22.2% 49 12.2% 196 Northrop Univ., Inglewood 5 20.0% 30 16.7% 71

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SCHOOL %PASSED San Joaquin College, Fresno 49.60% Empire College, Santa Rosa 38.67% Monterey College 54.70% Glendale University 42.35% Ventura College 44.69% John F. Kennedy Univ., 37.14% Walnut Creek Humphrey’s College, Stockton 57.37% Western State Univ., San Diego 38.02% Univ. of West Los Angeles 32.40% Western State Univ., Fullerton 37.77% La Verne University 36.02% National Univ., San Diego 45.28% San Francisco Law School 32.88% Santa Barbara College of Law 51.09% La Verne Univ. at San Fernando, 37.81% Sepulveda Lincoln Univ., Sacramento 44.44% New College, San Francisco 26.02% Northrop Univ., Inglewood 05.63%

Source: State Bar of California


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