The National Law Journal reports that July bar passage rates rose in several states, including California, Massachusetts, and New York. Some statistical highlights:
- In California, 61.7% of test-takers passed the July exam, compared to 56.1% in July 2007.
- In New York, 74.7% of test takers passed the July exam, compared to 70.6% in July 2007.
- In Massachusetts, 86.4% of test takers passed in July, compared to 83% in July 2007.
Erica Moeser, President of the National Conference, which designs the MBE portion of the test said, “This is the highest it’s ever been.” Some explain that the increasing passage rates could be due to the growing number of law schools that offer bar prep courses. Some schools even do so for credit. In addition, the high passage rates could be related to the high LSAT scores for July 2008 bar exam takers who graduated from law school in spring 2008.