Delaware Bar Exam

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Board of Law Examiners of Supreme Court of Delaware

Carvel State Office Building
820 North French Street, 11th Floor
Wilmington, DE  19801-3545
302-577-7038
FAX: (302) 577-7037

Website: courts.delaware.gov/bbe/


BAR EXAM DATES

The Delaware Bar Exam is a 2 and 1/2  day exam administered on the last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in July. (Delaware does not administer a February Exam.)

2016 Summer: July 25, 26, and 27


BAR EXAM FORMAT

The Delaware bar exam is a 2 and a 1/day exam.

Day 1: Eight DE essay questions.

Day 2: Half day including two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions.

Day 3: 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

Essay Subjects:

  • Agency
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Corporations
  • Criminal Law (including the Delaware Criminal Code)
  • Equity
  • Evidence
  • Partnerships
  • Procedure (State and Federal)
  • Property
  • Torts
  • Trusts
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Wills

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 85 is required on the MPRE.


FILING FEES AND DEADLINES

Application must be filed electronically on forms provided by the Board no later than May 15.

See Bar Examiners’ website for requirements for filing original documents.

Fees:

Applications filed on or before April 1

  • not yet admitted in another jurisdiction $700
  • admitted in another jurisdiction $800

Applications filed after April 1 but on or before May 15

  • not yet admitted in another jurisdiction $1,400
  • admitted in another jurisdiction $1,600

GRADING AND RESULTS

A minimum combined weighted 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%.

Results are generally released in early-October.


RECIPROCITY

Reciprocity
Delaware does not have reciprocity of any kind with any other state. To be admitted to the Delaware Bar, an applicant must take the exam, including the MBE, in Delaware. MBE results secured in conjunction with the administration of the bar examination in another state are not accepted.

Requirements for admission to the Delaware Bar

  • An applicant must have graduated from an ABA approved law school.
  • Applications must be filed timely and approved by the Board to sit for the exam.
  • A weighted combined score of 145 is required on the essays and MBE.
  • An applicant must also pass the MPRE (taken separately from the July examination) with a scaled score of 85.
  • Applicants must also complete a five-month clerkship requirement and attend the two-day Pre-Admission Conference before admission.

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