Seaside, CA (PRWEB) May 23, 2008
Monterey College of Law received notice from the State Bar of California that 100% of its December early graduates from the class of 2008 passed the February Bar Exam. "This is exceptional news and we are very proud of their hard work and achievement", said Mitchel Winick, Dean of the law school. The February Bar Exam is always a small group for the law school. Four students from the Class of 2008 graduated early and sat for the exam. The other 18 students will graduate in June and be eligible to take the July Bar Exam. "We certainly hope that they repeat the success of last year's July exam when 62% of the Class of 2007 were first-time bar passers", said Dean Winick. The average state-wide bar pass rate for the July Bar Exam was 56% for first-time takers.
The law school had an overall pass rate of 67% for all first-time takers on the February exam, including several participants from previous graduating classes. The state-wide pass rate for the exam was 53%. "The California Bar Exam is the hardest exam to pass in the country", said Winick. "Almost one-half of all participants fail the exam at least one time. The success of our law school's graduates speaks well for their hard work and the exceptional quality of our faculty." "Our pass rate for these recent bar exams places us in the top tier of California Accredited law schools. This is quite an accomplishment for a small regional law school. It confirms the quality of our program and the dedication of our students and faculty," said Bard Mansager, President of the Board of Trustees.
The four new lawyers from the Class of 2008 are Gregory Carper, Sarah Cavassa, Jamey Dolowich, and Anne Hartman. Jevin Hernandez, from the Class of 2007, also passed the February exam and will join them as a member of the bar.