I never realized how many unaccredited, accredited but not ABA approved, and correspondence law schools there are (at least in CA). Below is a link to the CA bar passage rates for July 2004:http://www.calbar.ca.gov/calbar/pdfs/admissions/GBX/JULY2004STATS.pdf#search='general%20statistics%20report%20july%202004%20california%20bar'It appears that some schools have almost no one passing the bar exam! Imagine if a prospective student asked the admissions staff at the University of Northern California, Lorenzo Patino School of Law about the bar passage rates, and they had to tell them that 0 of 20 first time takers passed the last exam, but on a positive note 2 of 18 repeat takers were successful!
Thanks for the link jwaxjwax. What's particularly interesting to me is that the U.S. news and world report rankings use the bar passage rates for schools to determine their place in the tiers. Certainly I'm not advocating that they not look at the figures, but why don't they average say, the last three years or even two years for each school? USF dropped down thirty places in the rankings from last year to this year. That drop is due in large part to the fact that ten more students failed the bar this year than last year. Those ten students can change the passage rate substantially but does that mean that the school's ranking should be so heavily affected? On another note, Golden Gate at 32% OUCH. GGU already has an incredibly high attrition rate something like one-third. Then only one-third of those that make it through the three years to sit for the bar actually pass! Talk about the odds being stacked against you. When this year's 1Ls get to GGU on the first day they should take a look around and realizing that most, the vast majority, of the people sitting with them won't ever become a practicing attorney.