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 February 2013 through July 2017 was as high as 35.71 percent (July 2013) and as low as 9.09 percent (July 2016) with an average first-timer rate for that 5-year period at 27.81 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 February 2013 through July 2017 was as high as 25.64 percent (July 2017) and as low as 0 percent (July 2014) with an average rate for repeaters during that 5-year period at 12.08 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 does certainly change somewhat from time to time; however, the school regularly has an ultimate (eventual) pass rate for the California General Bar Examination at or around 50 percent.

The school’s 2013 graduates have an ultimate (eventual) pass rate of 51.85 percent on the California General Bar Examination. The ultimate (eventual) pass rate of Northwestern California University graduates on the examination for the twenty-five year period of time from January 1993 to December 2017 is 51.39 percent.

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 2013 through October 2017, for example, was as high as 42.31 percent (October 2015) and as low as 19.61 percent (June 2015) with an average first-timer rate for that 5-year period at 30.93 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 2013 through October 2017 was as high as 33.33 percent (October 2014) and as low as 3.03 percent (June 2015) with an average rate for repeaters during that 5-year period at 20.15 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. It 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, deputy county counsels, city attorney, patent attorneys, tax attorneys, immigration lawyers, bankruptcy lawyers, admiralty & maritime lawyers, arbitrators, mediators, administrative court judges, and staff attorneys working for law firms, private corporations, organizations and governmental agencies.

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