The bar exam is administered twice a year throughout the country–in February and July. The large majority of our graduates sit for the bar exam in July following graduation. A small number of our students graduate a semester early and sit for the exam in February.
We have graduates that sit for bar exams throughout the country, but most sit for the exam in California. The California exam is statistically the most difficult to pass. Our pass rates have been very strong, but there is no school in California that escapes the reality that some of its graduates will be unsuccessful on their first attempt at the exam at each administration. Because the bulk of graduates sit for the exam the first time in July, that means that most of our repeaters sit for the exam in February. We have a very strong repeater pass rate as well.
All this to get to the point that the February exam has been going on this week. The California exam is an eighteen-hour exam spread over three days, and today is the final day of the exam. Both our first-time takers and repeaters have put in strong work and will be very relieved this morning to have this difficult exam behind them.
Congratulations to our February bar exam takers! I am so proud of them. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they wait until mid-May for the results to be released.