South Carolina Bar Exam (UBE) details

A typical South Carolina Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)

South Carolina Bar Exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with the Supreme Court of South Carolina.

Please also reference the NCBE Covid-19 updates page for NCBE updates and individual jurisdiction announcements.

Day 1

  • Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE in the AM)
  • Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT in the PM)

Day 2

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


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


  • Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations; and Limited Liability Companies)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Plus all MBE subjects


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


  • South Carolina requires an MPRE scaled score of 77. The score must be from an administration of the MPRE that occurred within three years of the date on which the application for the admission is filed with the Clerk of the Supreme Court.

Click here to learn more about the MPRE.

The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE.

  • MBE weighted 50%
  • MEE weighted 30%
  • MPT weighted 20%

The scores are combined to determine if the applicant has achieved a passing score of 266.

Admission on Motion 

South Carolina does not provide for admission on motion. In narrow situations, a special application may be made by a dean or tenured professor of the University of South Carolina or Charleston School of Law. Contact the Supreme Court of South Carolina for more information. Otherwise, exam required of all applicants.

Applications for Admission

A scaled score of 266 is required for admission and may not be over three years old at the time the application is filed. If based on a UBE Score from another jurisdiction, the applicant must have the score transferred to South Carolina by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Applicants seeking admission to practice law in South Carolina pursuant to Rule 402, SCACR, must complete the Course of Study on South Carolina Law as a requirement of admission.

The Course of Study is a series of online videos available on the South Carolina Bar's website. Only applicants who have filed a complete Application for Admission are permitted access to the Course of Study videos.

Once an applicant has filed a complete Application for Admission, the applicant will be sent a link to the Course of Study and registration information to access the Course of Study.

An applicant's successful completion of the Course of Study on South Carolina Law may be used to satisfy the requirements of Rule 402 for applications filed within three years of the date of completion of the Course of Study.

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