ORANGE, Calif. (November 29, 2011) – The bar results from the July 2011 California State Bar Exam show that first-time participants from Chapman University School of Law have passed at a 79% rate. Members of Chapman’s Class of 2011 who took the July exam for the first time passed at an 81% rate.  The results mark the second highest historical pass rate for Chapman’s first time takers in a July exam.  And for the first time ever, Chapman has exceeded the California ABA school average in both the February and July exams.

The California State Bar ABA pass rate was 76%, up from 75% in July 2010. The overall pass rate for California (including non-ABA schools) was 54.8%; the non-California ABA school pass rate was 66%.

“The Chapman Law Students put in a tremendous performance on the California bar exam. They beat the state average by a huge amount,” said Tom Campbell, dean of Chapman’s School of Law. “Chapman’s percentage of passage grew by almost ten points, at a time when the state average barely rose one point. Our 2011 graduates make us all proud, and reconfirm: Chapman Law is on the rise!”

Chapman had 159 law students take the bar exam for this first time in July—of those 126 passed. 

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