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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