SAN FRANCISCO — The high success rate on the California Bar examination in July was the second straight sharp improvement reported since the Bar adopted a new method of scoring exams this year.
The would-be lawyers who took the exam in July hit an eight-year high, with 50.3% passing, the State Bar reported Monday.
In February, when scores are traditionally lower because of the large number of applicants who have failed previously, the passage rate was 42.8%, a 14-point jump from last year.
California's three-day Bar exam tests a dozen different legal subjects, as well as skills such as writing and research, and is considered one of the more difficult in the nation. The new scoring method, called scaling, is intended to make the results more consistent. It adjusts scores on the six essay questions, generally the most difficult part of the exam, to the scores on the multiple-choice portion of the test.