Thursday, October 31, 2013

July 2013 New York Bar Exam Results -- RELEASED

The New York State of Law Examiners recently released results of the July 2013 New York bar exam. The overall passage rate was 69%, although it's more interesting to dissect that percentage. The passing examinees break down as follows:

 New York ABA Schools - First Time Takers 88%
 Out-of-State ABA Schools - First Time Takers 84%
 All ABA Graduates - First Time Takers 86%
 Foreign-Educated - First Time Takers 46%
 All Foreign-Educated 37%
 All First Time Takers 78%
 All Candidates 69%

Not surprisingly, foreign examinees are at a severe disadvantage, not just in New York but in other diverse jurisdictions like D.C. and California. A civil law training, coupled with taking and writing an exam in English, presents unique challenges that American-bred and -trained examinees take for granted.

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