Bar Examination Statistics

Recent bar statistics

Bar passage rates for different law schools are inevitably varied in that the type of law school and the demographics of its students are predictors of performance on the Bar exam. The rates for full-time students at traditional schools are different from those for part-time students at non-traditional schools. 

Moreover, the rates for each school, regardless of type, also vary from year to year. This is especially true for schools that have a small number of students taking the Bar exam. The fluctuation in passage rates is due to the fact that the mix of students taking the exam is different each time. 

Indisputably, each group of students taking the exam is unique. They have unique skills, unique qualifications, and prepare for the exam in ways that are not all the same. For those reasons and more, it is common for Bar exam passage rates to be relatively high some years and relatively low in others. 

The first-time taker pass rate for Northwestern California University graduates on the California General Bar Examination, for example, during the 5-year period of time from July 2010 through February 2015 was as high as 38.5 percent (February 2011) and as low as 8.3 percent (February 2012) with an average first-timer rate for that 5-year period at 29 percent. 

The pass rate for repeaters from Northwestern California University on the California General Bar Examination during the same 5-year period of time from July 2010 through February 2015 was as high as 22.2 percent (February 2011) and as low as 0 percent (July 2014) with an average rate for repeaters during that 5-year period at 13.9 percent.   

First-time passers and repeat passers collectively are ultimate bar-passers, that is to say individuals who at some point pass the bar exam. The ultimate pass rate is generally at or around 50 percent for Northwestern California University graduates on the California General Bar Examination. 

First-time taker pass rates on the California First-Year Law Students’ Examination for Northwestern California University students also fluctuate. Yet, the school’s pass rates are respectable. The first-time taker pass rate during the 5-year period of time from June 2010 through October 2014, for example, was as high as 41.7 percent (June 2010) and as low as 20.6 percent (October 2013) with an average first-timer rate for that 5-year period at 35 percent. 

The pass rate for repeaters from Northwestern California University on the California First-Year Law Students’ Examination during the same 5-year period of time from June 2010 through October 2014 was as high as 33.3 percent (October 2014) and as low as 2.7 percent (June 2011) with an average rate for repeaters during that 5-year period at 19.1 percent.   

The ultimate pass rate is generally at or around 50 percent for students of Northwestern California University on the California First-Year Law Students’ Examination. The ultimate pass rate on that exam for Northwestern California University students is similar to the ultimate pass rate for the school’s graduates on the California General Bar Examination 

Students who are strongly committed to getting through the Northwestern California University law study program, taking a live or home study bar review course, and spending a couple months doing concentrated study before the Bar exam, are likely to do very well in the process of achieving their shared goals of becoming lawyers. 

Northwestern California University graduates who studied diligently and passed the Bar exam have transitioned to jobs as private practice lawyers and litigators, deputy public defenders, deputy district attorneys, administrative court judges, and staff attorneys working for private corporations, organizations and governmental agencies.

Recent bar statistics