Glendale University College of Law has proudly maintained continual accreditation and good standing with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California since accreditation was granted to the law school in 1978.
State Bar accreditation is extended to a select group of law schools, known as Cal Bar Accredited (CBA), that meet or exceed specific accreditation requirements and standards.
There are currently 18 CBA law schools in California. A tremendous resource in higher education, CBA law schools have provided access to legal education and the opportunity to become an attorney to thousands of men and women living in California.
California Bar Admission
The majority of applicants to CBA law schools anticipate practicing law in California. Immediately upon graduation from a CBA law school, CBA graduates are only eligible to sit for the California Bar Exam.
Federal Bar Admission
Upon being sworn in as members of the State Bar of California, CBA graduates are eligible to join the Federal Bar which permits access to U.S. District Courts, U.S. Courts of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Bar Admission Outside of California
Every state has a unique Bar Exam and requires membership in its respective bar to practice law at the state court level. There is no universal bar exam or license, even for graduates of ABA law schools.
Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or be admitted to practice law in jurisdictions other than California. A student who intends to seek admission to practice law outside of California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding its education and admission requirements.
After a CBA graduate has been admitted to the State Bar of California and has practiced law in good standing, typically for for 3 to 5 years, select states may consider a petition by such an individual to sit for its Bar Exam.
The California Bar Exam
Law school graduates must take and pass the California Bar Exam to become licensed to practice law in the State of California.
The Bar Exam is administered over three days every July and February. The test is comprised of essays, performance exams, and multiple choice questions. Up to sixteen areas of law may be tested on the Bar Exam; subjects may appear more than once or not at all.
Law students typically begin a review process during their senior year. Ideally, students planning to sit for the Bar Exam should anticipate taking two months off work and participating in a formal bar review course.
Bar Exam Statistics
With each administration of the California Bar Exam, graduates and their law schools eagerly await the release of individual results and overall pass rates. Multiple factors can impact those pass rates in a way that raw statistics do not necessarily reveal.
For example, it is typical to see consistently high bar pass rates from large ABA law schools with full-time, day students and exceptionally competitive admissions requirements while bar pass rates tend to vary more among CBA law schools with smaller graduating classes, part-time programs, and non-traditional/working adult students.
Glendale University College of Law has analyzed years of its Bar Exam statistics. Those statistics support what common sense suggests; the higher a student’s GPA, the higher the likelihood he or she will pass the Bar Exam. The Dean candidly discusses institutional bar pass rates at our monthly open house. Click here to RSVP for a live law class.
Bar pass rates for Glendale University College of Law and all other ABA, CBA and Non-Accredited law schools in California are available at http://admissions.calbar.ca.gov/Examinations/Statistics.aspx.
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