It has been four long months since the July 2019 California Bar Examination, and finally, the results are in! California has 3,886 new Bar members. You can check individual results here. We are happy to hear that the pass rate increased almost 10 percentage points, from 40.7% to 50.1% of all takers. There was improvement across the board.

First-time applicants improved from 54.9% passage to 64% while those repeating the exam improved their passage rate from 16% to 26%. Applicants from California ABA-approved law schools improved from 64% to 71%. Applicants from out-of-state ABA-approved improved 15 points, from 58% to 73%.

If you are one of these new attorneys, the Law Library has several programs to assist you. We have 2 different borrowing programs that allow you to check out almost any of our 90,000 print materials. Additionally, we have a Discount program so you can save on everything from room rentals to document delivery to a year of electricity and Wi-Fi in the Law Library. Also, we have an MCLE program where you can take up 45 continuing education classes for just $75.

And don’t forget our law librarians. With over 100 years of experience, we can get you to the right resource when you need it.

You may remember that topics of the subject matter exam section were disclosed early to the deans of 16 California law schools. The State Bar then released the topics to all the test-takers one week before the exam to ensure no one had an advantage. The State Bar wanted to check what effect this early release of topics had and commissioned multiple reviews of the Bar results. The study found the early release did not materially effect the results.