Delaware Bar Exam details

A typical Delaware Bar Exam is a 2 ½-day bar exam

Delaware does not administer a February exam. Delaware Bar Exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with the Delaware Board of Bar Examiners.

You may also reference the NCBE July 2020 bar exam jurisdiction information page.

Day 1

  • 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

Day 3

  • Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM)

MBE

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Delaware Essay Subjects

  • Agency
  • Corporations
  • Criminal Law (including Delaware Criminal Code)
  • Equity
  • Partnerships
  • Procedure (State and Federal)
  • Trusts
  • UCC
  • Wills
  • Plus all MBE subjects

MPT

  • “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

MPRE

  • A scaled score of 85 is required on the MPRE.

Click here to learn more about the MPRE.

A minimum combined scaled score of 145 (out of a possible 200 points) is required to pass. The scaled written score is weighted 60% and the scaled MBE score is weighted 40%.

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.

In Delaware, students must also complete a clerkship of five months for admission.

Clerkship Requirement

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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