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Today the State Bar released results of the February 2019 California Bar Exam and announced that 1,458 people (31.4 percent of applicants) passed the General Bar Exam. This is an increase of 4.1 percentage points over last year’s February pass rate of 27.3 percent. If those passing applicants satisfy all other requirements for admission, they will be eligible to be licensed by the State Bar to practice law in California.
The Office of the California State Auditor today issued its 2019 Report and Recommendations on the State Bar of California.
The State Bar of California will hold its 23rd Annual Ethics Symposium on April 12. The day-long event provides training and education on legal ethics topics for practicing attorneys.
The State Bar of California is looking for the individuals who have yet to claim dozens of valid work permits, green cards, and social security cards from the offices of Judith Gil, a purported immigration specialist whose office was shut down in February because of the unauthorized practice of law.
The State Bar Board of Trustees today formally authorized a much-needed increase in licensing fees in 2020, the first in over 20 years. The Board set the fee increase as the agency’s number one legislative priority, essential to the agency’s fiscal health and ongoing reform.
The California Bar Exam Strategies and Stories Program, designed to help applicants navigate the challenges they face when preparing for the bar exam, will be offered again to applicants studying for the July 2019 exam. Online registration for the study program begins March 1.
A State Bar effort to maximize revenue in the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) fund—a major source of legal aid grants—will help boost those funds to a projected record of $39 million in 2019.
The State Bar of California has seized the unauthorized law practice of a Los Angeles woman who scammed dozens of immigrants by posing as an attorney who could help them obtain legal residency.
The California Attorney Practice Analysis (CAPA) will provide current information about the knowledge and skills expected of entry-level California attorneys to set the foundation for evaluating the format, content alignment, and pass line of the California Bar Exam. The State Bar invites attorneys with at least three years of practicing experience to apply to contribute to this important study during a three-day panel in San Francisco that will develop the attorney practice surveys.
The State Bar Board of Trustees today adopted strategic plan objectives reflecting its mission to support greater access to, and inclusion in, the legal system.