District of Columbia Bar Exam Information

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Bar Exam Information

ALL THE SPECIFICS YOU NEED TO KNOW, ALL IN ONE PLACE FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE.

District of Columbia Committee on Admissions

DC Court of Appeals 
430 E Street, NW, Room 123
Washington, DC 20001 
Tel: (202) 879-2710
www.dcappeals.gov

Bar Exam Format

The District of Columbia Bar Exam is a 2-day exam.
Day 1: Morning session consisting of two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions (worth 25%) and afternoon session consisting of a six-question Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) (worth 25%).
Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE - worth 50%) , a 200 question, multiple-choice exam.

Click here to review the DC Bar Exam Overview (Summer 2014 - Coming Soon)

Subjects Tested

MBE Subjects
Constitutional Law, Contracts/Sales, Criminal Law/Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, Torts.

Multistate Essay Exam Subjects (MEE)  
Agency, Commercial Paper, Conflict of Laws, Corporations, Family Law, Federal Civil Procedure, Partnerships, Secured Transactions, Trusts & Future Interests, Wills, plus all MBE subjects.

Multistate Performance Test 
"Closed universe" practical queston/questions (depending on the state) using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners. 
Additional information about the MBE, MEE and MPT is available on www.ncbex.org.

The DC Board of Bar Examiners selects six (6) essay questions from a pool of nine (9) MEE questions to use as its essay exam. Click Here to view the DC Bar Exam Subject Frequency chart.

District of Columbia Exam Locations and Dates

Locations announced prior to exam.

July 29-30, 2014

Filing Fees and Deadlines

Applications must be filed by December 15th for the February exam and by May 3rd for the July exam. 

Exam Filing Fee: $100

Plus: MBE Fee: $58

Plus: MEE & MPT Fee: $42

Plus: NCBE Character Report: $275

Late applications may be filed within 15 days from the December and May closing dates.
Late fee: $200

All fees are payable by certified check, cashier's check or money orders.
Additional information on ncbex.org
Fees are payable by certified check, cashier's check or money orders.
 

Grading and Results

The MBE is weighted 50% and the MEE and MPT are weighted 25% each. Results are generally released in mid-May for the February exam and mid- November for the July exam.

Reciprocity

Admission on Motion: An applicant  who has been a member of another bar and in good standing for 5 years immediately preceding application may be admitted without exam. 
 
Acceptance of MBE Score:  An applicant may be admitted without exam if applicant received a scaled MBE score of 133 or higher on an exam upon which applicant was admitted in another jurisdiction, achieved a scaled score of 75 or better on MPRE, and has a JD from an ABA accredited law school. 

An applicant who received an MBE scaled score of 133 or higher on a prior MBE (taken within 25 months of the present exam) may waive in the MBE score and take only the essay exam.  An essay score of 133 will then be required to pass the DC Bar Exam.

An applicant who received a scaled essay score of 133 or higher on a prior DC Bar Exam (taken within 25 months of the present exam) may waive in the essay score and take only the MBE. A scaled score of 133 will then be required to pass the DC exam.

Bar exam information is subject to change without notice; please verify with bar examiners' office.