June 7, 2005
A Blip in the Bar Rate
They really had nowhere to go but up.
California State Bar Officials recently announced that the pass rate for the February examination rose 4.7 percent over the previous year. The rate was still, gulp, 40 percent, or 1,810 of the 4,520 applicants who took the bar examination.
First-time applicants passed at a rate of 54.4 percent, which translated into 1,281 of the test takers.
Bar examiners are mystified, according to the story reported by The Recorder and available on law.com, "We're very happy that the pass rate went up...Whether this is a trend of not, I don't know," according to Jerome Braun, the State Bar's director of admissions.
(Thanks to my crack research assistant, Meredith Strobridge, for bringing this story to my attention)(els).
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