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California Bar Exam Pass Rates and Demographics

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California Bar Exam StatisticsData
Number of people who take the bar exam each year in California8,500
Average number of people who pass the California Bar Exam annually3,400
Average lawyer salary in California$108,300
Bar Exam Pass Rates by Type of Law SchoolPass Rates
School TypeFirst-TimersRepeaters
California ABA69%56%
Out-of-State ABA44%40%
California Accredited (but not ABA)42%24%
Unaccredited: Fixed-Facility13%14%
Unaccredited: Correspondence38%20%
Unaccredited Distance Learning36%16%
California Attorney Membership
Member StatusPopulationAverage Age% of Membership
Active182,6944873.17 %
Inactive52,7385921.12 %
Judge2,152610.86 %
Not Eligible To Practice Law12,098604.85 %
Total249,683 
Attorney Membership by Law School
RankSchoolPopulation% of Membership
1UC Hastings COL; San Francisco CA17,1196.86 %
2Loyola Law School; Los Angeles CA14,7035.89 %
3UCLA SOL; Los Angeles CA12,7045.09 %
4UC Berkeley SOL Boalt Hall; Berkeley CA11,6274.66 %
5Southwestern Univ SOL; Los Angeles CA10,9744.40 %
6McGeorge SOL Univ of the Pacific; CA10,6224.25 %
7Univ of San Diego SOL; San Diego CA10,1194.05 %
8Santa Clara Univ SOL; Santa Clara CA9,3603.75 %
9USC Law School; Los Angeles CA8,2753.31 %
10U of San Francisco SOL; San Francisco CA7,5283.02 %
11California Western SOL; San Diego CA6,2692.51 %
12UC Davis SOL King Hall; Davis CA6,1702.47 %
13Pepperdine Univ SOL; Malibu CA6,0492.42 %
14Golden Gate Univ SOL; San Francisco CA5,9722.39 %
15Stanford Univ Law School; Stanford CA5,6452.26 %
16Harvard Univ Law School; Cambridge MA5,5192.21 %
17Western State Univ; CA4,5491.82 %
18Whittier Coll SOL; CA4,1921.68 %
19Western State Univ COL; Fullerton CA3,4111.37 %
20Georgetown Univ Law Ctr; Washington DC3,3981.36 %
21Univ of Michigan Law Sch; Ann Arbor MI2,8251.13 %
22Thomas Jefferson SOL; San Diego CA2,7821.11 %
23Columbia Univ SOL; New York NY2,3780.95 %
24New York Univ SOL; New York NY2,3540.94 %
25George Washington Univ LS; Washington DC1,9930.80 %
Attorney Membership by Undergrad School
RankSchoolPopulation% of Membership
1Univ of California at Los Angeles; CA21,5568.63 %
2Univ of California Berkeley; Berkeley CA18,9877.60 %
3Univ of Southern Calif; Los Angeles CA7,7663.11 %
4Univ of California Santa Barbara; CA7,5133.01 %
5Stanford Univ; Stanford CA7,0472.82 %
6Univ of California Davis; Davis CA6,0972.44 %
7Univ of California San Diego; La Jolla CA5,7122.29 %
8Univ of California Irvine; Irvine CA4,8431.94 %
9San Diego State Univ; San Diego CA3,5781.43 %
10California St Univ Northridge; CA3,5491.42 %
11California St Univ Long Beach; CA2,7771.11 %
12Univ of California Santa Cruz; CA2,6081.04 %
13Harvard Univ; Cambridge MA2,5631.03 %
14Yale Univ; New Haven CT2,4981.00 %
15Brigham Young Univ; Provo UT2,4100.97 %
16Santa Clara Univ; Santa Clara CA2,3940.96 %
17California St Univ Fullerton; CA2,2910.92 %
18San Francisco State Unv; San Francisco CA2,1830.87 %
19California St Univ Sacramento; CA2,0820.83 %
20Univ of California Riverside; CA2,0380.82 %
21Foreign School;2,0260.81 %
22San Jose State Univ; San Jose CA1,9670.79 %
23Cornell Univ; Ithaca NY1,9660.79 %
24Loyola Marymount Univ; Los Angeles CA1,9400.78 %
25Univ of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia PA1,8160.73 %
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: Cal Bar, ABA
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: September 4, 2016

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