On Friday, May 13, the State Bar of California released the results for the February 2016
bar exam. 35.7 percent of the applicants passed the February 2016 General Bar Exam.
This is actually a lower pass rate than February 2015. in fact, you have to go back to
February 2010 to find a lower percentage passing. What's really disconcerting is that
the total number of examinees taking the February 2016 General Bar Exam was lower
than in February 2015.
43.1 percent of those taking the February 2016 Attorney's Exam passed. This is a few
percentage points lower than last February but once again, there were less attorneys
taking the exam this past February.
Fortunately for you first-timers, the July testing consistently produces higher pass rates. However, don't expect 60%+ passing. The last time that happened was in July 2008 during the infamous earthquake bar exam where scores were adjusted in some cases due to an earthquake that shook Southern California on day one of the bar exam.