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California Bar Exam July 2022 Results

Per the Cal Bar:

 

52.4% passed overall, just under July 2021’s 53% pass rate.

MBE score nationally was about the same as July 2021.

 

Today the State Bar announced that 3,753 (52.4 percent of applicants) passed the July 2022 California General Bar Exam. If those who passed satisfy all other requirements for admission, they will be eligible to be licensed by the State Bar to practice law in California.

“For thousands of applicants of the General Bar Exam and Attorneys’ Exam, today is a milestone to be celebrated,” said Leah Wilson, State Bar Executive Director. “It is an acknowledgment of the dedication and hard work it took to get here and a major step toward the start of their legal careers in California. We congratulate each of them on this stellar achievement.”

The July 2022 pass rate on the General Bar Exam was slightly lower than the July 2021 pass rate of 53 percent.

Performance on the July 2022 bar exam varied nationally, with some states seeing a higher pass rate, and others experiencing a decline. Here are a few highlights:

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  • Washington, D. C. (72 percent compared to 73 percent in 2021)
  • Pennsylvania (68 percent compared to 69 percent in 2021)
  • New York (66 percent compared to 63 percent in 2021)
  • Florida (51 percent compared to 44 percent in 2021)

The National Conference of Bar Examiners announced that the national average score on the July 2022 Multistate Bar Examination of 140.3 represented a fraction of a point reduction from the July 2021 score (140.4). This suggests that the July 2022 result should track closely to 2021’s pass rates and, in California’s case, it does.

Attendance at California’s July 2022 General Bar Exam was lower (7,164) than during the remotely administered July 2021 exam (7,536) and the October 2020 remotely administered exam (8,723) and lower compared to average attendance for in person exams in prior years, when 8,000 typically took the exam.

July 2022 General Bar Exam preliminary statistics*

  • Completed the General Bar Exam: 7,164 applicants
  • First-time applicants: 5,576 (77.8 percent of total)
  • Pass rate for first-time applicants: 62 percent overall
  • Repeat applicants: 1,588 (22.2 percent of total)
  • Pass rate for repeat applicants: 17 percent overall

Pass rate for the General Bar Exam (rounded to whole numbers) by law school type:

School Type First-Timers Repeaters
California ABA 73% 26%
Out-of-State ABA 69% 23%
California Accredited (not ABA) 30% 12%
Unaccredited: Fixed-Facility 11% 5%
Unaccredited: Correspondence 25% 8%
Unaccredited Distance-Learning 12% 9%
All Applicants 62% 17%

General information about the structure and content of the General Bar Exam.

The Attorneys’ Exam may be taken by those who have been admitted to the practice of law in another U.S. jurisdiction and have been an active licensee in good standing for at least the four years immediately preceding the exam, as well as disciplined lawyers who are ordered to take the examination as a condition of reinstatement. Of the 379 attorneys who completed the Attorneys’ Exam, 186 (49.1 percent) passed.

A pass list from the exam will be published on the State Bar website on November 13, 2022, at 6:00 a.m. More detailed statistics about exam results will be available in four to six weeks on the State Bar website.

Successful applicants who satisfy all requirements for admission may take the Attorney’s Oath individually or participate in admissions ceremonies held by their law school or others.  Applicants are eligible to practice law in California after taking the Attorney’s Oath and submitting their oath card to the State Bar. The State Bar continues to encourage digital signing and electronic processing of oath cards.

The State Bar became aware on November 9 that a few exam takers reported being able to access certain fields of data in the Applicant Portal indicative of their own results prior to receiving their official notification from the State Bar. The State Bar takes these types of reports seriously and has commenced an investigation that will explore these reports, including among other things, whether any IT security, ethical, or legal violations occurred.

*Please note that these are preliminary statistics. Law schools will be required to confirm the students allocated to their law school and, as a result, these statistics may change.

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RESULTS DAY! Rumors, results, and strategies if you don’t pass tonight

Hello everyone!

Results Day is today.  Hope all of you July 2022 Cal Bar test-takers receive good news tonight!

There are rumors of a reddit hack of the Cal Bar’s website and you can do a workaround and find your results now.  I have no idea if it’s true.  Historically, there are two ways you can trust to learn about your results:  1) check on the Bar’s website at 6 pm on Results Day, or 2) review your results letter, which should be posted tonight or tomorrow in your Applicant Portal.

Personally I wouldn’t trust anything other than those two sources.  In fact, when I passed, I refused to check on the Bar’s website because I heard of a few people who failed on the internet and passed in the mail.  So I couldn’t trust anything so I waited about 22 hours until the mail arrived!  That was not easy, but that’s what I did!

If you receive good news tonight, CONGRATULATIONS!  Celebrate responsibly, and no felonies!  Remember, the goal is to get sworn in, right?  Felonies don’t help with that, even if you commit one after you pass the Bar Exam.

If your name does not match a name on the database of names of people who passed, mourn your result for 30 minutes, and then contact me.  Good tutoring programs fill up quickly.  I usually fill up within a few days of publication of results and last season I filled up in four hours!  The first ability is availability.  Let’s talk, set up a plan, and then you can know that you’re not alone and that you’re doing something about it.

Good luck tonight, everyone!

 

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February 2022 Exam Percentile Table

Applicants will find this to be of interest:

The overall pass rate was 33.9%.

The Percentile Table shows us some relevant info:

45% scored higher than 1340.

40% scored over 1355.

35% scored higher than 1382.

30% scored higher than 1400.

The overall pass line is 1390, and you need more than 1350 to get a re-read.

So… roughly 32.5% passed on the first read.  About 10% of the applicant pool got a second read, and the second read appears to have increased the pass rate by roughly 1.4%.

 

 

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Cal Bar Results published for February 2022 – 33.9% overall pass rate

Hello everyone!

The Cal Bar posted results for the February 2022 exam at 6 pm tonight.  The pass rate was 33.9% overall.  This represents a drop of 8.9% from February 2021’s 37.2% pass rate.  How February 2021 impacts things given that this was the exam right after the COVID-delayed October 2020 exam and less time to prep for February 2021 is unclear.

Considering February 2016-February 2020 pass rates, 33.9 is relatively normal for a February exam because those pass rates were 35.7, 34.5, 27.3, 31.4, and 26.8.  Today’s 33.9% fits neatly within that context.

The MBE score nationwide is worth considering from this exam.  The Cal Bar reports that the national average on the MBE dropped to 132.6, the lowest score all-time.  That could explain the lower overall pass rate for this exam.  It could also explain the 61.8% attorney exam pass rate, highest in 19 years!

At least 12 other states reported lower pass rates for February 2022, according to the Cal Bar.  Repeater pass rate was 24.0%.

Full press release appears below.

If you find that you need tutoring, please reach out ASAP as I only have a few spaces remaining.

 

State Bar of California Releases Results of February 2022 Bar Exam

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Today the State Bar announced that 1,056 people (33.9 percent of applicants) passed the February 2022 California General Bar Exam—the first in-person exam since February 2020. If those who passed satisfy all other requirements for admission, they will be eligible to be licensed by the State Bar to practice law in California.

“This is a day of pure joy for the 1,056 applicants who passed the General Bar Exam, and their families, as well as the 209 candidates who passed the Attorney’s Exam,” said Leah Wilson, State Bar Executive Director. “We congratulate all those who successfully passed the exam and look forward to welcoming them to California’s legal profession very soon.”

This year’s 33.9 percent pass rate on the General Bar Exam was a drop of nearly 8.9 percent from the February 2021 pass rate of 37.2 percent, but higher than the February 2020 pass rate of 26.8 percent.

Nationally, at least a dozen other states saw their February 2022 pass rates drop from the previous year, including

  • New York (45 percent compared to 49 percent in 2021),
  • Florida (44 percent compared to 47 percent in 2021),
  • North Carolina (50 percent compared to 60 percent in 2021), and
  • Pennsylvania (37 percent compared to 51 percent in 2021).

The national average score on the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) dropped to 132.6—the lowest all-time score—matching the low reached on the 2020 February exam.

Attendance at California’s February 2022 General Bar Exam was slightly higher (3,113) than during the remotely administered February 2021 exam (3,098) but still low compared to past years, when 4,000 to 5,000 typically took the exam.

February 2022 General Bar Exam preliminary statistics

  • Completed the General Bar Exam: 3,113 applicants
  • First-time applicants: 1,090 (35.0 percent of total)
  • Pass rate for first-time applicants: 53.0 percent overall
  • Repeat applicants: 2,023 (64.9 percent of total)
  • Pass rate for repeat applicants: 24.0 percent overall

Pass rate for the General Bar Exam (rounded to whole numbers) by law school type:

School Type

First-Timers

Repeaters

California ABA

54%

33%

Out-of-State ABA

48%

29%

California Accredited (not ABA)

33%

14%

Unaccredited: Fixed-Facility

0%

15%

Unaccredited: Correspondence

46%

12%

Unaccredited Distance-Learning

25%

6%

All Applicants

53%

24%

 

General information about the structure and content of the General Bar Exam.

The Attorneys’ Examination is open to those who have been admitted to the active practice of law and are in good standing for at least four years in another U.S. jurisdiction, as well as disciplined lawyers who are ordered to take the examination as a condition of reinstatement. Of the 338 attorneys who completed the Attorneys’ Examination, 209 (61.8 percent) passed.

pass list from the exam will be published on the State Bar website on May 8, 2022, at 6:00 a.m. More detailed statistics about exam results will be available in four to six weeks on the State Bar website.

Successful applicants who satisfy all requirements for admission may take the Attorney’s Oath individually or participate in admissions ceremonies held by their law school or others.  Applicants are eligible to practice law in California after taking the Attorney’s Oath and submitting their oath card to the State Bar. Once again, the State Bar is enabling digital signing and electronic processing of oath cards.

 

February 2022 Cal Bar Exam Update – IN PERSON TESTING

Hello y’all!

 

Registration is OPEN for February 2022.  Timely filing occurs this month.  Don’t pay late fees, people!  Remember you can submit your Accommodations petitions at any time.  If you haven’t submitted your Moral Character Application, note that it takes 5-6 months to get cleared and that’s if you’re boring.  You want to be sworn in after you get the good news in May, right?  Make sure your admission isn’t delayed due to not filing your Moral Character application as early as you can.

But what is FAR more important for the applicant pool, my friends, is the fact that the Cal Bar is going to be held IN PERSON.  The February 2022 Cal Bar Exam Announcement was published today.  In relevant part, it states:

 

February 2022 California Bar Exam

Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, February 22–23, 2022

Please note that the February 2022 California Bar Examination will be held as an in-person examination. Applicants will be required to select atesting locationand test in-person.

 

So we’re going to party like it’s 2019, people!  Back to the Future, as it were.

 

The Announcement is located in full here:

https://www.calbar.ca.gov/Admissions/Examinations/California-Bar-Examination/February-2022-California-Bar-Exam

 

The exam schedule is here:

https://www.calbar.ca.gov/Portals/0/documents/admissions/Examinations/Feb-2022-Bar-Exam-Schedule.pdf

 

No more remote video proctoring.  Show up on Tuesday, take the exam for 3 hrs., then leave.  Then come back, take the exam for 3-1/2 hrs, and then leave.  Rinse and repeat on Wednesday.  Your results will vary if you have accommodations.

 

And now you know!  If you want a certain location, I’d suggest registering over the next 7 days.

 

By the way, some notable dates for you:

10/1 – 11/1 Registration period for Feb. 2022

11/1  Timely filing deadline

11/1 – 11/30    $50 late fee registration period.

12/1 – 1/3/22  $250 late filing fee

1/3/22  FINAL DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR FEBRUARY 2022

2/22 – 2/23/2022   February 2022 Cal Bar Exam

2/24, noon    Laptop answer file upload deadline

2/25 OR 2/26, noon  Extended time students’ exam answer file upload deadline (deadline dependent on student’s accommodations).

 

RESULTS DAY

May 6, 2022, 6 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 2021 Cal Bar Exam Results

 

As per the Cal Bar.  Press release below.

 

Takeaways:

 

General Bar pass rate is 37.2%, highest for a February exam since February 2015.

 

Attorneys’ Exam pass rate is 57.2%, highest for a February exam since February 2003!

 

Today the State Bar released results of the February 2021 California Bar Exam and announced that 1,151 people (37.2 percent of applicants) passed the General Bar Exam. This pass rate represents an increase of 10.4 percentage points, or nearly 39 percent, from the February 2020 General Bar Exam pass rate of 26.8 percent. If those who passed the exam satisfy all other requirements for admission, they will be eligible to be licensed by the State Bar to practice law in California.

“We heartily congratulate the 1,151 applicants who passed the General Bar Exam and the 247 candidates who passed the Attorneys’ Exam, particularly after facing and overcoming the many challenges of 2020. We hope to welcome all those who passed to California’s legal profession very soon,” said Donna Hershkowitz, Interim Executive Director of the State Bar.

This year’s February exam was the second administered remotely, after the near-record cohort who took the exam in October. It was also the second graded under the reduced cut score of 1390, directed by the California Supreme Court in July 2020. If the cut score remained at 1440, approximately 734 General Bar Exam takers (23.7 percent) would have passed this examination.

The February exam cohort was approximately 3,100 for the February exam (approximately 3,100 compared to 4,000–5,000 on average), likely attributable to the increased number of test takers for the October 2020 exam cohort, the availability of the new provisional licensure program, and the higher pass rate on the October exam. As is typical, a majority of the February exam cohort were repeat takers, although at a lower percentage than average (approximately 60 percent compared to the typical 70 percent).

February 2021 General Bar Exam preliminary statistics

  • Completed the exam: 3,098 applicants
  • First-time applicants: 1,227 (39.6 percent of total)
  • Pass rate for first-time applicants: 53.0 percent overall
  • Repeat applicants: 1,871 (60.4 percent of total)
  • Pass rate for repeat applicants: 27.0 percent overall

Pass rate for the General Bar Exam (rounded to whole numbers) by law school type:

School Type First-Timers Repeaters
California ABA

65%

39%

Out-of-State ABA

58%

26%

California Accredited (not ABA)

44%

17%

Unaccredited: Fixed-Facility

0%

0%

Unaccredited: Correspondence

43%

20%

Unaccredited: Distance-Learning

47%

17%

All Others

47%

23%

All Applicants

53%

27%

 

General information about the structure and content of the General Bar Exam.

The Attorneys’ Examination is open to those who have been admitted to the active practice of law and are in good standing for at least four years in another U.S. jurisdiction. Of the 432 attorneys who completed the Attorneys’ Examination, 247 (57.2 percent) passed.

A pass list from the exam will be published on the State Bar website on May 9, 2021, at 6:00 a.m. More detailed statistics about exam results will be available in four to six weeks on the State Bar website.

Successful applicants who satisfy all requirements for admission may take the Attorney’s Oath individually or participate in admissions ceremonies held by their law school or others. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the State Bar’s Office of Admissions will not hold its admissions ceremonies and has posted instructions for individuals to be sworn in remotely.

If they have satisfied all other requirements, applicants are eligible to practice law in California after taking the Attorney’s Oath and submitting their oath card to the State Bar. Approximately two weeks after forwarding the oath card to the State Bar, their names will appear on the agency’s roll of licensed attorneys accessible on the State Bar website.

July 2021 Cal Bar Exam results release date – earlier than usual!

Hello everyone!

FYI – The Cal Bar released the July 2021 Bar Exam FAQs today.  On page 14, in the Scoring, Scaling and Grading section, Question 4:

 

“Results are scheduled to be released by November 12, 2021.” 

 

This is one week EARLIER than usual.  Typically the results publish the Friday before Thanksgiving.  But Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 25, which would make the traditional results day Friday, November 19 (which, not for nothing is the day before a certain Big Game!).   At any rate, if the November 12 date remains, that’s not a bad result for repeaters, who will have more time to get some work done before the holidays, which is always a tricky exercise.

 

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Cal Bar Results – October 2020

Per the news release from the Cal Bar on January 8:

Today the State Bar released results of the October 2020 California Bar Exam and announced that 5,292 people (60.7 percent of applicants) passed the General Bar Exam. If those who passed satisfy all other requirements for admission, they will be eligible to be licensed by the State Bar to practice law in California. The October 2020 General Bar Exam pass rate is the highest in more than a decade, since July 2008.

“We heartily congratulate the 5,292 applicants who passed the General Bar Exam and the 323 candidates who passed the Attorneys’ Exam in this tremendously challenging year. We are pleased that the first-ever remote bar exam will result in such a large influx of new attorneys at a time when more people than ever need legal help. We hope to welcome all those who passed to California’s legal profession very soon,” said Donna Hershkowitz, Interim Executive Director of the State Bar.

The October bar exam was unprecedented in several ways:

  • It was administered to a near-record number of examinees, 9,301, the largest cohort since 2013.

  • It was the first-ever to be administered online remotely. Of the total cohort, 8,920 took the exam online.

  • It was the first exam graded under the new cut score of 1390, reduced from 1440 by the California Supreme Court on July 16, 2020.

  • It was the first exam graded under a streamlined two-phase grading system, approved by the Committee of Bar Examiners in August 2020 to increase efficiency and shorten the grading timeline.

October 2020 General Bar Exam preliminary statistics

  • Completed the exam: 8,723 applicants

  • First-time applicants: 4,999 (57.3 percent of total)

  • Pass rate for first-time applicants: 74.0 percent overall

  • Repeat applicants: 3,733 (42.8 percent of total)

  • Pass rate for repeat applicants: 43.0 percent overall

Pass rate for the General Bar Exam (rounded to whole numbers) by law school type:

School Type

First-Timers

Repeaters

California ABA

84%

50%

Out-of-State ABA

78%

43%

California Accredited (not ABA)

40%

30%

Unaccredited: Fixed-Facility

56%

27%

Unaccredited: Correspondence

34%

47%

Unaccredited: Distance-Learning

36%

34%

All Others

49%

44%

All Applicants

74%

43%

Here is general information about the structure and content of the General Bar Exam.

The Attorneys’ Examination is open to those who have been admitted to the active practice of law and are in good standing for at least four years in another U.S. jurisdiction. Of the 578 attorneys who completed the Attorneys’ Examination, 323 (55.9 percent) passed.

pass list from the exam will be published on the State Bar website on January 10, 2021. More detailed statistics about exam results will be available in four to six weeks on the State Bar website.

Successful applicants who satisfy all requirements for admission may take the Attorney’s Oath individually or participate in admissions ceremonies held by their law school or others. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the State Bar’s Office of Admissions will not hold its typical admissions ceremonies and has posted instructions for individuals to be sworn in remotely.

If they have satisfied all other requirements, applicants are eligible to practice law in California after taking the Attorney’s Oath and submitting their oath card to the State Bar. Approximately two weeks after forwarding the oath card to the State Bar, their names will appear on the agency’s roll of licensed attorneys accessible on the State Bar website.

Today’s the day!

Hello everyone. Today’s the day! The unique, unprecedented October exam results will publish today at 6 pm.

For those who pass, congratulations! You have earned it. In some ways, this was the most difficult bar exam of all time. The exam was delayed to September and then to October. You had to comply with deadlines. You had to clear all that stuff out of your workspace so the remote proctoring video wouldn’t trip up. You had to hope that a cat or a child didn’t inadvertently enter the exam space. Or that that the garbage truck wouldn’t somehow trip up your exam! Much less finding quiet spaces to study, finding time to study amidst the chaos, etc. You will have stories of perseverance and more to tell your kids and grandkids someday about the unique COVID Bar Exam.

For those of you who do not receive good news today, I feel you. I had the honor and privilege of retaking the Cal Bar Exam. And you have far more and far better excuses to fail given the COVID than I did!

Here’s the challenge though: the result wasn’t what you wanted. What are we going to do about it?

The first thing you need to ask yourself is whether you’re going to take the February exam, or wait until July. Some good news: the February exam won’t be delayed. You know when your exam will be! Yes, you have less time to prepare. Then again, remember the Bar originally set January 15 as the results date, so at least you have an extra week. But time is of the essence. You don’t have the luxury of taking two weeks to mourn the exam.

So, do this: get your results. Mourn the result for 30 minutes. Then email or call me. I have the tools you need to pass the next exam. My calendar is already drafted. Let’s start Monday or soon thereafter. Let’s generate some points!

I am a staff of one. I don’t farm out grading or lecturing to other people – my teenagers aren’t quite ready to start lecturing! But I am that rare breed of tutor: I focus on ALL THREE parts of the exam: essays (including issue spotting and outlining, and a NEXT LEVEL method of outlining for an online exam!), Performance Tests (specific methods to reduce your reading time and a NEXT LEVEL method of inventorying and outlining for an online exam!), and 1-on-1 tutoring for the MBE. Yes, I’m one of a handful of 1-on-1 MBE tutors in the country. I don’t relegate 50% of the test to a coupon code for questions that look nothing like what you saw on exam day.

If you failed the October exam, my condolences. 1390 is in reach! Now let’s do something about it. Call or email me now.

Cal Bar Exam October results publish January 8

Hello everyone. This news posted on the Admissions page on 12/19.

http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Admissions