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California Bar Exam Pass Rates and Demographics

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California Bar Exam Statistics Data
Number of people who take the bar exam each year in California 8,500
Average number of people who pass the California Bar Exam annually 3,400
Average lawyer salary in California $108,300
Bar Exam Pass Rates by Type of Law School Pass Rates
School Type First-Timers Repeaters
California ABA 69% 56%
Out-of-State ABA 44% 40%
California Accredited (but not ABA) 42% 24%
Unaccredited: Fixed-Facility 13% 14%
Unaccredited: Correspondence 38% 20%
Unaccredited Distance Learning 36% 16%
California Attorney Membership
Member Status Population Average Age % of Membership
Active 182,694 48 73.17 %
Inactive 52,738 59 21.12 %
Judge 2,152 61 0.86 %
Not Eligible To Practice Law 12,098 60 4.85 %
Total 249,683  
Attorney Membership by Law School
Rank School Population % of Membership
1 UC Hastings COL; San Francisco CA 17,119 6.86 %
2 Loyola Law School; Los Angeles CA 14,703 5.89 %
3 UCLA SOL; Los Angeles CA 12,704 5.09 %
4 UC Berkeley SOL Boalt Hall; Berkeley CA 11,627 4.66 %
5 Southwestern Univ SOL; Los Angeles CA 10,974 4.40 %
6 McGeorge SOL Univ of the Pacific; CA 10,622 4.25 %
7 Univ of San Diego SOL; San Diego CA 10,119 4.05 %
8 Santa Clara Univ SOL; Santa Clara CA 9,360 3.75 %
9 USC Law School; Los Angeles CA 8,275 3.31 %
10 U of San Francisco SOL; San Francisco CA 7,528 3.02 %
11 California Western SOL; San Diego CA 6,269 2.51 %
12 UC Davis SOL King Hall; Davis CA 6,170 2.47 %
13 Pepperdine Univ SOL; Malibu CA 6,049 2.42 %
14 Golden Gate Univ SOL; San Francisco CA 5,972 2.39 %
15 Stanford Univ Law School; Stanford CA 5,645 2.26 %
16 Harvard Univ Law School; Cambridge MA 5,519 2.21 %
17 Western State Univ; CA 4,549 1.82 %
18 Whittier Coll SOL; CA 4,192 1.68 %
19 Western State Univ COL; Fullerton CA 3,411 1.37 %
20 Georgetown Univ Law Ctr; Washington DC 3,398 1.36 %
21 Univ of Michigan Law Sch; Ann Arbor MI 2,825 1.13 %
22 Thomas Jefferson SOL; San Diego CA 2,782 1.11 %
23 Columbia Univ SOL; New York NY 2,378 0.95 %
24 New York Univ SOL; New York NY 2,354 0.94 %
25 George Washington Univ LS; Washington DC 1,993 0.80 %
Attorney Membership by Undergrad School
Rank School Population % of Membership
1 Univ of California at Los Angeles; CA 21,556 8.63 %
2 Univ of California Berkeley; Berkeley CA 18,987 7.60 %
3 Univ of Southern Calif; Los Angeles CA 7,766 3.11 %
4 Univ of California Santa Barbara; CA 7,513 3.01 %
5 Stanford Univ; Stanford CA 7,047 2.82 %
6 Univ of California Davis; Davis CA 6,097 2.44 %
7 Univ of California San Diego; La Jolla CA 5,712 2.29 %
8 Univ of California Irvine; Irvine CA 4,843 1.94 %
9 San Diego State Univ; San Diego CA 3,578 1.43 %
10 California St Univ Northridge; CA 3,549 1.42 %
11 California St Univ Long Beach; CA 2,777 1.11 %
12 Univ of California Santa Cruz; CA 2,608 1.04 %
13 Harvard Univ; Cambridge MA 2,563 1.03 %
14 Yale Univ; New Haven CT 2,498 1.00 %
15 Brigham Young Univ; Provo UT 2,410 0.97 %
16 Santa Clara Univ; Santa Clara CA 2,394 0.96 %
17 California St Univ Fullerton; CA 2,291 0.92 %
18 San Francisco State Unv; San Francisco CA 2,183 0.87 %
19 California St Univ Sacramento; CA 2,082 0.83 %
20 Univ of California Riverside; CA 2,038 0.82 %
21 Foreign School; 2,026 0.81 %
22 San Jose State Univ; San Jose CA 1,967 0.79 %
23 Cornell Univ; Ithaca NY 1,966 0.79 %
24 Loyola Marymount Univ; Los Angeles CA 1,940 0.78 %
25 Univ of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia PA 1,816 0.73 %
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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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