Archive for November, 2009

A Call for Transparency about the Bar Exam Results by Law Schools or the State Board of Bar Examiners

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24, 2009 by barprofs

In choosing a law school, a vital consideration for a law student must be the bar exam rate of the law school.  If a law student chooses to go to a law school that struggles with its bar exam passage rate, then the likelihood of passing the bar for that student decreases when it becomes his/her turn 3 years later.  Conversely, the higher the bar passage rate for your school, the chances of you passing the exam is increased.

Some law schools use its bar passage rate as a marketing tool.  For example, Michigan State University, after scoring first on the July 2009 Michigan bar exam, immediately posted its numbers on its website.  Other law schools obscure or hide its numbers, hoping the law school won’t be called out for a low bar passage rate.  Still others schools, not only hide its numbers but claim the bar exam passage rate is actually higher than it is.  For example, FAMU COL routinely scores only 50% on its bar, but, unbelievably, tells its students and the public that its overall bar pass rate is 77% when all statistics show that repeat takers normally do more poorly than first time takers on the bar.  In fact, FAMU COL’s overall rate is closer to 37%.

Regardless, it is incumbent upon all law schools to practice transparency when it comes to its bar passage rate.   If the school won’t publish its bar passage rate, then the state must publish it. 

Let the public, the potential law students and the students at the school have all information available as to the school’s bar exam passage rate. 

For repeat bar takers in Florida and California, please note that Bar Professors is offering a tutorial course for February 2010.

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California Bar Exam Results for July 2009 Are Now Posted

Posted in Uncategorized on November 20, 2009 by barprofs

The State Bar of California’s Committee of Bar Examiners reported today that 56.4 percent of the applicants passed the July 2009 General Bar Examination (GBX). If the 4,888 people who passed the July 2009 exam satisfy other requirements for admission, they will become members of the State Bar.

Preliminary statistical analyses show that of the 8,667 applicants who took the GBX, 71.0 percent were first-time takers. The passing rate for 6,152 first-time applicants was 70.0 percent overall. The passing rate for the 2,515 applicants repeating the examination was 22.0 percent overall.

Here are the statistics for first time takers and then repeat takers:

California ABA 79% 31%
Out-of-State ABA 69% 27%
CA (but not ABA) Accredited 32% 12%
Unaccredited:Fixed Facility 4% 10%
Unacredited:Correspondence/Distance Learning 32% 11%
All Others 44% 20%
All Applicants 70% 22%

California Bar Exam Results for July 2009 Will Be Posted at 6:00 pm Today

Posted in Uncategorized on November 20, 2009 by barprofs

California bar exam results are expected to be posted today on Friday, November 20, 2009 at 6:00 pm.

Bar Professors wishes good luck to all applicants!!

Waiting for the July 2009 California Bar Exam Results

Posted in Uncategorized on November 17, 2009 by barprofs

On Friday, November 20, 2009, California will release its bar exam results for July 2009.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, the play follows two days in the lives of a pair of men who divert themselves while they wait expectantly and unsuccessfully for someone named Godot to arrive. To occupy themselves, they eat, sleep, converse, argue, sing, play games, exercise, swap hats, and contemplate suicide — anything “to hold the terrible silence at bay”.

I’m sure this sounds familiar to approximately 8000 law school graduates who lives are on hold until 6:00 pm on Friday, waiting for the results of the hardest bar exam in the nation.

Unfortunately for the bar applicants who are waiting for the California results to come in, they still have a few more days to pass the time and are trying anything to “hold the terrible silence at bay” as they wait for their attorney lives to resolve successfully or, at least this time, unsuccessfully. Regardless of the result, your life changes dramatically in just a few days. Will you be successful or will you have the fortitude to go at it again if you are not?

In my experience, these last few days are probably the worst of the wait – knowing its coming in as the time seems to go by infuriatingly slowly. Your parents, your friends, your family, your co-workers are also taking that slow wait with you, hoping and praying that you will be successful.

Good luck for those who wait and we here at BarProfessors hope your legal dreams come true on Friday.

Georgia Has Posted its Bar Exam Results for July 2009 by Law School

Posted in Uncategorized on November 14, 2009 by barprofs

Georgia has posted its bar exam results for July 2009 by law school.  Here are the statistics:

Total of All Taking Examination – 1213

  • 1002 or 82.6% Passed
  • 1066 First Timers Took Exam and 948 or 88.9% Passed
  • 0147 Repeaters Took Exam and 0054 or 36.7% Passed 

By Law School:

           Mercer Law School87.3% of first time takers passed; 86% of all takers passed (including repeat takers)

Emory University: 92.5% of first time takers passed; 92.7% of all takers passed (including repeat takers)
University of Georgia: 94.5% of first time takers passed; 93.6% of all takers passed (including repeat takers)Georgia State University: 93.0% of first time takers passed; 91.9% of all takers passed (including repeat takers)

John Marshall Law School83.1% of first time takers passed; 89.4% of all takers passed (including repeat takers)

Also interesting is the average MBE scores of the schools:

Mercer:  147.1

Emory:  150.5

Georgia:  151.5

Georgia State: 150.1

John Marshall: 138.9

For Repeat Bar Takers and Foreign Lawyers Taking the California and New York Bar Exams

Posted in Uncategorized on November 10, 2009 by barprofs

Bar Professors has expanded its bar review course for repeat takers from California and New York.  A special course will be offered to foreign lawyers and/or LLM and ESL students taking the New York and California Bar Exam. 

Private tutorials for the 2010 February Bar Exam are extremely limited and you must sign up by November 21, 2009.  Classes will be offered in both California and New York starting May 1, 2010 for the July 2010 Bar Exam.

Please go to barprofessors.com for more information.

New Jersey Bar Exam Results for July 2009 Are Posted

Posted in Uncategorized on November 9, 2009 by barprofs

New Jersey has posted the results from the July 2009 New Jersey Bar Examination. Of the 3183 candidates who sat for this examination, results have been mailed to 3072 candidates. Of the 3072 applicants, 2538 (82.6%) passed.  The ID numbers of all applicants are posted on the website.

Congratulations to all who passed from BarProfessors.