Delaware Bar Exam details
A typical Delaware Bar Exam is a 2 ½-day bar exam
- Eight 45-minute Delaware Essay Exam questions (four in the AM, four in the PM)
Day 2 (half-day)
- Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions
- Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM)
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law/Procedure
- Federal Civil Procedure
- Real Property
Delaware Essay Subjects
- Criminal Law (including Delaware Criminal Code)
- Procedure (State and Federal)
- Plus all MBE subjects
- “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.
- A scaled score of 85 is required on the MPRE.
Click here to learn more about the MPRE.
The scaled written score is weighted 60% and the scaled MBE score is weighted 40%. A total scaled score of 145 (out of 200) or higher is required to pass.
Acceptance of MBE Score
Delaware does not accept an MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction.
Admission on Motion
Delaware does not provide for admission on motion. Examination is required of all applicants.
To become licensed in Delaware, all applicants must complete a five-month clerkship in Delaware, under the supervision of a qualified Delaware attorney who must certify the clerkship has been completed.
The five-month requirement constitutes 21 forty-hour work weeks and may be aggregated. Applicants can initiate the clerkship process while they are still enrolled in law school.
There is a checklist of mandatory legal activities and tasks to be completed during the clerkship, which is available from the Delaware Board of Bar Examiners website.
State and Federal background checks
Students must undergo both a state and federal background check, which should be started as early as possible, as they can take up to 12 weeks to complete.
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