Pennsylvania Bar Exam details
A typical Pennsylvania Bar Exam is a 2-day exam
Pennsylvania Bar Exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners.
You may also reference the NCBE July 2020 bar exam jurisdiction information page.
- Two 45-minute Pennsylvania Essay Exam questions (in the AM)
- One 90-minute Performance Test (PT) question (in the AM)
- Four 45-minute Pennsylvania Essay Exam questions (in the PM)
- 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
Pennsylvania Essay Subjects
- Business Organizations (including Corporations, Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies and Professional Corporations)
- PA Civil Procedure
- Conflict of Laws
- PA DUI Law
- Employment Discrimination (Title VII, ADA and ADEA)
- Family Law
- Federal Income Taxation
- PA Evidence
- PA Rules of Professional Responsibility
- Trusts and Decedents’ Estates
- U.C.C. Article II Sales
- Plus all MBE subjects
Pennsylvania Performance Test
- “Closed universe” practical question using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.
- A scaled score of 75 on the MPRE is required for admission.
Applicants need a combined minimum scaled score of 272 to pass the exam. The combined essay and PT scaled score count as 55% of the total score and the scaled MBE is 45% of the total.
Acceptance of MBE Score
Pennsylvania does not accept an MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction.
Admission on Motion
May be admitted without exam from states admitting attorneys from Pennsylvania without exam. After admission in reciprocal state, must have practiced (including teaching in any accredited U.S. law school) for at least five of seven years immediately preceding application. Must also be a graduate of an ABA accredited law school. Visit pabarexam.org for listing of states and jurisdictions that have reciprocity with Pennsylvania. Applicants must meet the requirements of Rule 204 to qualify.
Bridge the Gap program
Newly admitted lawyers must complete the four-hour Bridge the Gap program prior to their first CLE compliance deadline.
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