Connecticut Bar Exam

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Connecticut Examining Committee

100 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106-4411

Telephone: (860) 706-5135
Website: www.jud.state.ct.us/cbec


BAR EXAM DATES

The Connecticut Bar Exam is administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July.

2016 Winter:  February 23 and 24

2016 Summer: July 26 and 27


BAR EXAM FORMAT

The Connecticut Bar Exam is a 2-day exam.

Day 1: Six essay questions that may be selected by the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee from the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions.

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200 question, multiple-choice exam.


SUBJECTS TESTED


MBE Subjects: 

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

Connecticut Essay Subjects:

  • Administrative Law
  • Agency
  • Commercial Paper
  • Conflict of Laws
  • CT Constitutional Law
  • CT Evidence
  • CT Practice & Procedure
  • Corporations
  • Equity
  • Federal Jurisdiction
  • Future Interests
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Property
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Secured Transactions
  • Suretyship
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • plus all MBE subjects

Multistate Performance Test: 

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


MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam)

A scaled score of 80 on the MPRE or a grade of “C” or better in an ethics course at a law school approved by the Bar Examining Committee is required.


FILING FEES AND DEADLINES

Application must be filed by December 1 for the February exam and by April 30 for the July exam.

Filing procedures, deadlines and fees subject to change. Contact Committee to determine rules in effect at time of your application.

Application fee: $750.

Admission without examination: $1,800.


GRADING AND RESULTS

A passing score on the Connecticut bar exam is a scaled 264 out of a possible 400. The MPT is weighted 20%, the MEE questions are weighted 30% and the MBE is weighted 50%. Results are generally released in early May for the February exam and early October for the July exam.


RECIPROCITY

Acceptance of MBE Score
Applicant may use a MBE score from one of the three previous administrations of the bar exam on which they were successful.

Admission on Motion
Admission without exam if, in addition to other requirements, an applicant has been lawfully engaged in the practice of law as the applicant’s principal means of livelihood for five out of the last ten years in a reciprocal jurisdiction, and the applicant is a graduate of an ABA accredited law school.


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