More than 1,100 newly minted Virginia lawyers have been thrust into the cold, cruel world, according to a Virginia Board of Bar Examiners report released this month.
BizSense didn’t do an exact count of the list, but according to a report from Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 1,513 applicants took the most recent state bar exam in July, and 1,156 passed.
The VBBE numbers show that 76.4 percent of those who took the exam passed.
The VBBE broke the numbers down by school, and Washington and Lee University Law School graduates had the highest pass rate: 95.8 percent. University of Virginia law grads came in second with a 90.2 percent pass rate.
Overall Percentage First-time Takers All Applicants: 76.40% 81.01% Virginia Law Schools: Appalachian School of Law 57.69% 65.00% College of William and Mary 82.46% 85.32% George Mason University 89.66% 90.27% Liberty University 47.83% 50.00% Regent University 70.49% 77.36% University of Richmond 81.06% 84.55% University of Virginia 90.21% 91.37% Washington and Lee University 95.83% 95.83%
And now, a question for our readers: Do you know why it’s called “sitting” for the bar? Granted, one does have to sit for hours at a time to take the test. But you also sit for lie detector tests, and police don’t say, “Seven criminals sat for the polygraph last month.” Let us know in the comments.