Pepperdine University School of Law welcomed more than 400 guests for the California Bar Admissions Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Caruso Auditorium. Seventy-seven School of Law graduates, who passed the July 2009 California Bar Exam, were sworn in to state and federal courts.
Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell (JD '90), of the Los Angeles Superior Court, and Judge Andrew Guilford, of the United States District Court, Central District of California, presided over the ceremony. When addressing the graduates, Judge O'Connell encouraged the new lawyers to give back to their communities.
In recent years, Pepperdine has showed strong on the California Bar Exam. The overall passage rate for the July 2008 California Bar Exam was 61.7 percent, and the pass rate for ABA-accredited schools in California (first-time takers) was 83 percent. Pepperdine's passage rate was significantly higher at 89 percent. Pepperdine had 80 percent pass the July 2009 California Bar Exam. By mid-January, the passage rates of all law schools will be released.
In addition, Pepperdine achieved a perfect record with out-of-state first-time takers for the second consecutive year. In 2008, thirty-one recent Pepperdine graduates passed bar exams in 17 states. In 2009, 24 graduates passed bar exams in 16 states: Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.