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Congrats to CA’s New Lawyers!

Posted by demkid on November 20, 2009

All 4,888 of them (give or take a few), according to

San Francisco, November 20, 2009 — The State Bar of California’s Committee of Bar Examiners reported today that 56.4 percent of the applicants passed the July 2009 General Bar Examination (GBX). If the 4,888 people who passed the July 2009 exam satisfy other requirements for admission, they will become members of the State Bar.

Preliminary statistical analyses show that of the 8,667 applicants who took the GBX, 71.0 percent were first-time takers. The passing rate for 6,152 first-time applicants was 70.0 percent overall. The passing rate for the 2,515 applicants repeating the examination was 22.0 percent overall.

These numbers are down from July 2008, when 61.7% of all takers passed, along with 74.8% of first-timers.  On a personal note, I’m proud to say that Mr. Brightcoast (our esteemed author’s significant other), and yours truly, are among the 4,888.  Hopefully a high percentage of our fellow University of San Diego School of Law alums are also included in the passing ranks, and that we again hold our own as compared to other CA schools.  I guess we’ll find out more detailed statistics soon enough!

Note: The above info can be found more directly on the State Bar’s website.  More detailed information (school breakdowns) is released in 4-6 weeks.


One Response to “Congrats to CA’s New Lawyers!”

  1. Theta Chia Pet said

    Congrats on passing the exam! Now you just have to get past the moral character part. You don’t have any skeletons in the closet, do you? No felony thefts or anything to report?

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