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Lowest Bar Passage Rate for California in 67 years

Posted Dec 7, 2018

The California State Bar has reported that only 40.7% of test-takers passed the July 2018 exam. This was the lowest passage rate for a July exam since 1951. California’s “cut-score” – the minimum score needed to pass the exam – is 144, making California the only state other than Delaware with a cut-score above 140. The passage rate for applicants taking the exam for the first time was 55%. Passage rates were also lower in New York, as well as several other states. The National Conference of Bar Examiners reported a decrease in average Multi-state Bar Exam scores.