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News Posted on November 23, 2009

UC Davis School of Law Achieves 90% Bar Passage Rate

Graduates of UC Davis School of Law who took the California State Bar Exam in July 2009 posted an outstanding 89 percent pass rate among first-time test takers -- 10 percentage points higher than the average of the 20 California law schools approved by the American Bar Association, according to statistics released this week by State Bar officials.  In addition, UC Davis School of Law graduates passed bar exams in other states, boosting the overall pass rate for all UC Davis first-time test takers to an exceptional 90 percent.

"The outstanding bar passage rate is a testament to our top-notch faculty and academic programs, as well as the determination, diligence, and talent of our excellent students.  We are extremely proud of - but not surprised by - their achievement," said Dean Kevin R. Johnson.

Dean Johnson also praised Academic Success Program Director Emily Randon for her efforts in helping law students prepare to pass the exam.

Among those who passed the California State Bar Exam is Sara Granda, the quadriplegic UC Davis graduate who made headlines across the nation and drew praise from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for fighting to take the test.  Granda took the exam in July 2009 after successfully petitioning the California Supreme Court to order the California State Bar to allow her to take the test after it had previously rejected her application on account of a technicality. 

Sacramento Business Journal article