Skip to main content

Bar Examination Statistics

Five-Year Pass Rates
Recent Bar Statistics

Bar passage rates for different law schools are inevitably varied in that the type of law school and the demographics of its students are predictors of performance on the Bar exam. The rates for full-time students at traditional schools are different from those for part-time students at non-traditional schools.

Moreover, the rates for each school, regardless of type, also vary from year to year. This is especially true for schools that have a small number of students taking the Bar exam. The fluctuation in passage rates is due to the fact that the mix of students taking the exam is different each time.

Indisputably, each group of students taking the exam is unique. They have unique skills, unique qualifications, and prepare for the exam in ways that are not all the same. For those reasons and more, it is common for Bar exam passage rates to be relatively high some years and relatively low in others.

The cumulative percentage of Northwestern California University students who graduated and passed any administration of the California Bar Examination during the five-year period of time from August 1, 2017 through July 31, 2022 was 65.9 percent.

Recent first-time rates on the California Bar Examination have been as high as 63 percent (July 2021) and as low as 20 percent (February 2022). The pass rate for repeaters from Northwestern California University on the California Bar Examination on recent exams has been as high as 48 percent (October 2020) and as low as 0 percent (February 2022).

First-time passers and repeat passers collectively are ultimate bar-passers, that is to say individuals who at some point pass the bar exam. The ultimate pass rate does certainly change somewhat from time to time; however, the school regularly has an ultimate (eventual) pass rate for the California Bar Examination that is over 50 percent.

Students who are strongly committed to getting through the Northwestern California University law study program, taking a live or home study bar review course, and spending a couple months doing concentrated study before the Bar exam, are likely to do very well in the process of achieving their shared goals of becoming lawyers.

Northwestern California University graduates who studied diligently and passed the Bar exam have transitioned to jobs as private practice lawyers and litigators, deputy public defenders, deputy district attorneys, deputy attorney general, deputy county counsels, city attorney, patent attorneys, tax attorneys, immigration lawyers, bankruptcy lawyers, admiralty & maritime lawyers, arbitrators, mediators, administrative court judges, and staff attorneys working for law firms, private corporations, organizations and governmental agencies.

Five-Year Pass Rates
Recent Bar Statistics
Notable Alumni