The Virginia legal scene will need to make room for more than 1,100 new lawyers.
About three-quarters of the 1,632 people who took the Virginia bar exam in July received a passing score, according to information released recently by the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners.
Those results unleashed 1,146 people who are now licensed to practice law in the state. Another 79 passed the exam but have “outstanding admissions requirements” and cannot yet practice.
In total, 75.06 percent of July bar exam takers passed the test, which was administered in Roanoke. Almost 80 percent of students taking it for the first time passed.
The University of Virginia saw the highest pass rate of the eight law schools represented in the exam with 93.07 percent. That was followed closely by George Mason University with a 91.86 percent pass rate. The University of Richmond had the fifth highest pass rate at 76.27 percent.
Virginia Board of Bar Examiners office manager Julie O’Kelly said the test is given twice a year, in February and July.
The number of people who took the test in July was slightly higher than the average of 1,500 to 1,600 for the summer exam. About 500 to 600 people typically take the test in February, O’Kelly said.
There are about 30,000 active attorneys in Virginia, acccording to Virginia State Bar spokeswoman Mary Yancey Spencer.
Percentage of July test-takers who passed, by law school, according to the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners:
University of Virginia, 93.07 percent
George Mason University, 91.86 percent
College of William and Mary, 84.31 percent
Washington and Lee University, 78.57 percent
University of Richmond, 76.27 percent
Regent University, 70.13 percent
Liberty University, 64.29 percent
Appalachian School of Law, 47.06 percent
Percentage of first-time test takers in July who passed, by law school:
George Mason University, 93.37 percent
University of Virginia, 93 percent
College of William and Mary, 88.3 percent
Washington and Lee University, 83.33 percent
University of Richmond, 82.08 percent
Regent University, 71.23 percent
Liberty University, 63.89 percent