Category: Cal Bar Results

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

October 5-6, 1390 cut score!

Hello everyone.

Seismic change for the exam!

Here’s what we know. The next Cal Bar Exam will take place on October 5-6. It’ll be online. What they didn’t say (but what is true according to an NCBE email and the statements of DC, MD, PA, TN, AZ, and TX) is that the MBE will be 100 questions. 50 questions in 90 minutes. Then 15 minute break. Then 50 questions in 90 minutes.

Not sure what changed the minds of the Cal Supreme Court justices, who said there was no reason to change the cut score not that long ago (and this was after even the Cal Bar advocated lowering the cut score). But I’m certain nobody is complaining. So 1390 means what? It means that you will likely need a 60% to barely pass on the first read, not 62-63% (which is what the pass line effectively was since 2007), and not 66-67% (which is what the pass line effectively was prior to 2007). Basically you can miss one more minor issue and still pass.

More significantly, on a 200 question MBE exam, that would mean you could miss 5 more MBE’s and still be OK (i.e., 120 instead of 124-125).

It’s a different day, folks! Let’s generate some points!

February 2020 Cal Bar Examination results historical analysis

The February 2020 Cal Bar Exam pass rate was 26.8% for General Bar Exam applicants and 39.1% for the Attorneys’ Exam.

According to the General Bar Exam Pass Rate Summary, the 26.8% result is the lowest pass rate in at least 69 years. The document reports back to the Fall 1951 exam, and today’s result is the lowest pass rate reported. The only other exams with a pass rate lower than 30% was February 2018 (27.3%), Spring 1986 (28.1%), Spring 1984 (29.5%), and Spring 1983 (27.7%).

For the MBE, the Cal Bar’s February 2020 Exam press release notes that “the mean scaled Multistate Bar Examination score on the February 2020 bar exam in California was 1357, down from 1370 last year. The national mean score was 1326, down from the previous year’s mean of 1328 and an all-time low.”

For the Attorneys’ Exam, the 39.1% for February 2020 appears to be the lowest pass rate for a February exam in the history of the Attorneys’ Exam. For a February exam, the only other pass rate lower than 40% was February 2008 (39.7%). There are several July exams that are lower than 40%, but again, for a February exam, this was the lowest recorded result.

February 2020 Cal Bar Examination results press release

Today the State Bar released results of the February 2020 California Bar Exam and announced that 1,128 people (26.8 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.

“We heartily congratulate the 1,128 applicants who passed the General Bar Exam and the 163 candidates who passed the Attorney’s Exam. We hope to welcome all of them to California’s legal profession very soon,” said Donna Hershkowitz, Interim Executive Director of the State Bar. “Meanwhile, we are moving forward on both near-term and long-term efforts that will affect the future of the bar exam. On Monday, we will submit to the California Supreme Court a work plan addressing how we intend to administer the next exam in September. For the long term, the State Bar has recently completed several studies that we hope will contribute meaningfully to informed discussion around a future direction for the California bar exam.”

At its meeting on May 14, the State Bar Board of Trustees will review the agency’s most recent bar exam studies and consider recommendations for next steps on the future of the exam. The mean scaled Multistate Bar Examination score on the February 2020 bar exam in California was 1357, down from 1370 last year. The national mean score was 1326, down from the previous year’s mean of 1328 and an all-time low.

February 2020 General Bar Exam preliminary statistics

  • Completed the exam: 4,205 applicants

  • First-time applicants: 1,192 (28.3 percent of total)

  • Pass rate for first-time applicants: 38.0 percent overall

  • Repeat applicants: 3,013 (71.6 percent of total)

  • Pass rate for repeat applicants: 22.0 percent overall

Pass rate (rounded to whole numbers) by law school type:

School Type First-Timers Repeaters

 California ABA 42% 30%

 Out-of-State ABA 45% 22%

 California Accredited (not ABA) 17% 10%

 Unaccredited: Fixed-Facility 0% 8%

 Unaccredited: Correspondence 14% 11%

 Unaccredited Distance-Learning 16%  9%

 All Others 41% 20%

 All Applicants 38% 22%

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

The one-day 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 417 attorneys who completed the Attorneys’ Examination, 163 (39.1 percent) passed.

A pass list from the exam will be published on the State Bar website on May 10, 2020. 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 has had to cancel admissions ceremonies it typically offers throughout the state 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 they have taken the Attorney’s Oath and submitted 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.