In this tough legal economy, 4,364 applicants took the February California bar examination. Approximately 42% of the applicants passed the exam.
California has a tough bar. The pass rate has floated between 33 and 40 percent for the last 10 years.
The key to passing the California bar? Not having failed it before. The pass rate for the California bar was 53% for those taking the bar for the first time. Another leading indicator? Go to an accredited law school. Only 27% of those at non-ABA accredited law schools pass the exam which makes you question the wisdom of having law schools in California that are not ABA accredited.