Preparing You for the California Bar Exam and More
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Three components are necessary to be admitted to the State Bar of California and practice law:
- A positive determination of moral character
- A minimum passing score on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)
- A passing score on the California Bar Exam
Passing the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)
This test is a 2-hour, 60-question multiple-choice examination administered throughout the country three times per year in March, August, and November. Unlike the bar examination, the MPRE may be taken during law school or after graduation. It is recommended that you take it upon completion of your third-year Professional Responsibility course. Concord JD students have free access to Kaplan Bar Review's MPRE prep program.
Passing the California Bar Exam
California Bar Exam Requirements and Dates
This 2-day test is administered twice a year in February and July. The format includes essay exams, a performance test problem, and the multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam.
How We Prepare You
Concord’s curriculum and test-taking skills program are both designed to provide you with a solid foundation for this all-important examination. Every one of the subjects on which you may be tested on the exam are required courses taken by all Concord JD students.
As a Concord JD student, you will take a two-semester course called Capstone in your final year, which is designed to reinforce the knowledge and skills you will need to pass the California Bar Exam. In addition, our students are given a significant discount on Kaplan Bar Review’s bar preparation program, which can help with your studies in the months leading up to the exam itself.
Opportunities for Licensure in Other States
Concord alumni who pass the California Bar Exam and are admitted to practice may become eligible to sit for the bar examination in other states. General information is available at www.ncbex.org. Currently, Concord graduates who possess a California license may immediately pursue licensure in the states of Wisconsin and North Carolina. Please contact the appropriate bar admissions office for questions regarding specific state bar admissions requirements outside of California.
B&P 6061.7 Disclosure
California Business and Professions Code (B&P) 6061.7 requires a law school that is not approved by the American Bar Association to provide certain information on its website. View the reporting form.
Concord Law School Bar Exam Pass Rate
- Total takers: 1,119
- First-time passers: 381
- First-time pass rate: 34%
- Repeat passers: 205
- Ultimate pass rate: 52%
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2017 Pass Rates
- Concord first-time takers: 24
- Concord first-time passers: 3
- Concord first-time pass rate: 13%
- State of California first-time pass rate: 39.1%
- Concord first-time takers: 18
- Concord first-time passers: 4
- Concord first-time pass rate: 22%
- State of California first-time pass rate: 62.4%
2016 Pass Rates
- Concord first-time takers: 28
- Concord first-time passers: 13
- Concord first-time pass rate: 46.4%
- State of California first-time pass rate: 44.7%
- Concord first-time takers: 26
- Concord first-time passers: 7
- Concord first-time pass rate: 27%
- State of California first-time pass rate: 56.1%
2015 Pass Rates
- Concord first-time takers: 41
- Concord first-time passers: 16
- Concord first-time pass rate: 39%
- State of California first-time pass rate: 47.4%
- Concord first-time takers: 20
- Concord first-time passers: 5
- Concord first-time pass rate: 25%
- State of California first-time pass rate: 59.7%