STATE BAR ANNOUNCES RESULTS FOR FEBRuary 2012
CALIFORNIA BAR EXAMINATION
NOTE TO EDITORS: The pass list for the February 2012 California Bar
Examination can be found on, and downloaded from, the State Bar’s home page: www.calbar.ca.gov on May 20, 2012 at 6 a.m., PDT. The list will be
organized both alphabetically and by ZIP code.
Contact: Laura Ernde 415-538-2028 firstname.lastname@example.org
San Francisco, May 18,
2012, 6:00 p.m. – The State Bar of California's
Committee of Bar Examiners reported today that 42.2 percent of the applicants
passed the February 2012 General Bar Examination (GBX). If the 1,849 people who
passed the February 2012 exam satisfy other requirements for admission, they
will become members of the State Bar.
statistical analyses show that of the 4,382 applicants who took the GBX, 33 percent
were first-time takers. The passing rate for 1,446 first-time applicants was 53
percent overall. The passing rate for the 2,936 applicants repeating the
examination was 37 percent overall.
statistical analyses show the first-time and repeater percent passing the GBX
(rounded to whole numbers) by law school type as follows:
|California Accredited (but not ABA)
|Unaccredited Distance Learning
The applicants not included in the above totals either were attorneys admitted in
other states who either chose or were required to take the GBX, attorneys
admitted in foreign jurisdictions, law students in the Law Office/Judge’s
Chambers Study Program or law students who qualified to take the GBX through
four years of law study. More detailed statistics, including passing rates by
individual law schools, will be made available in approximately four to six
weeks and published on the State Bar’s website at http://admissions.calbar.ca.gov/.
General Bar Examination is given twice a year, in February and July. The exam
consists of three sections: a multiple-choice Multistate Bar Examination (MBE),
six essay questions and two performance tests that are designed to assess an
applicant's ability to apply general legal knowledge to practical tasks. The
mean scaled MBE score in California was 1406 compared with the national average
the Committee announced that 201 (45.9 percent) of the 438 lawyers who took the
Attorneys' Examination passed. Out of the total taking the Attorneys’
Examination, 25 were disciplined lawyers who took the examination as a
condition of reinstatement; 6 (24.0 percent) disciplined lawyers passed.
Attorneys' Examination, which consists of the essay and performance test
sections of the GBX, is open to lawyers who have been admitted to the active
practice of law in good standing for at least four years in another United
applicants who have satisfied other requirements for admission – those who have
not been reported by local district attorneys for being in arrears with family
or child support payments, who have received a positive moral character
determination and who have passed the Multistate Professional Responsibility
Examination – may either take the Attorney's
Oath individually or participate in admissions ceremonies held throughout the state
during June 2012.
Founded in 1927 by the state legislature, The State Bar
of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, serving
the public and seeking to improve the justice system for more than 80 years.
All lawyers practicing law in California must be members of the State Bar. As
of May 2012, membership reached more than 237,000.