Marino’s Legal News: CA Bar Exam Results Show Improved Pass Rates for Black and Hispanic Exam Takers

Here’s some welcome news:      According to statistics recently released by the California State Bar Examiners, Black and Hispanic law school graduates saw significant improvements in pass rates!

35% of African American test-takers who sat for the exam for the first time in February 2021 passed, up from 17.6% from the previous year. And the percentage of Hispanic test-takers who passed rose from 25.2% to 45.4%.

Still, despite the improved pass rates for law graduates of color, a large disparity continues to exist between white test takers and applicants of color. About 69% of white test takers who sat for the exam for the first time passed.

Pass rates for first time test takers from California ABA-Accredited Law Schools were: White: 72.4%, Asian: 66.0%, Hispanic: 60.9%, and Black: 30.8%.

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At Marino, we help students from all backgrounds to improve their scores and pass the bar exam. We do this by treating each test taker as an individual and customizing our approach for their different learning and studying styles. Our tutors teach our proven exam-taking strategies that provide them with the skills necessary to apply legal rules to score points and how to figure out the correct answer even when they do not know the law being tested. This differs from a traditional bar prep approach, which simply teaches a lot of law and leaves it up to the student to figure out what to do with all of it. We have found these traditional one size fits most bar preparation courses leave many students behind, which is one of the major reasons so many law graduates who are intelligent and hard-working wind up failing the exam.

If you are studying for the bar exam now, get in touch with us to discuss how we can tailor a tutoring plan to get you to pass the upcoming bar exam in July!

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