Saturday, September 13, 2008

Bar Examination 2008

"The rate of test-takers who passed this year's new national bar examination dropped by seven percentage points from last year, to 33 percent, marking the third consecutive year of decline since the exam was introduced in 2006, the Justice Ministry commission in charge of the issue said.

"Of the 6,261 candidates who took the new-format bar exam, for which the nation's law school graduates are eligible, 2,065 passed, fewer than the 2,100 to 2,500 the commission had projected. It was the first time the number of successful candidates was less than the commission expected.

"This year's pass rate was 32.98 percent--a 7.2 percentage point decrease from 2007 and a sharp fall from the 48.25 percent posted in 2006.

"The unexpected drop has put into doubt the government's original aim to increase the annual number of successful examinees to about 3,000 by about 2010.

"This year, students from all 74 law schools in the nation took the bar exam, with 36 percent more candidates than a year ago.

"It was the first time the exam was taken by candidates from all 74 schools, which have been established in response to the government's call to increase the number of the country's legal professionals.

"Tokyo University had the most successful candidates for the second year with 200, followed by Chuo University's 196 and Keio University's 165.

"No one from Aichi Gakuin University, Shinshu University or Himeji Dokkyo University passed the exam.

"Aside from those three, 31 schools had less than 10 examinees pass.

"The commission had set annual, phased goals to gradually increase the number of successful examinees to 3,000. For this year, the targeted number was set between 2,100 and 2,500.

"The average age of this year's successful examinees--1,501 men and 564 women--was 28.98, with the oldest at 59."

By Yomiuri Shimbun(9/13/2008), Link to article (last visited 9/13/2008)

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