FLORIDA BOARD OF LAW EXAMINERS

1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL. 32399-1750

Telephone (850) 487-1292
Fax (850) 414-6822
www.floridabarexam.org

BAR EXAM FORMAT

The Florida Bar Exam is a 2 day exam.

Day 1 Morning: Three essay questions. Afternoon: 100 multiple-choice questions.
Day 2 Morning and Afternoon: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple- choice exam

SUBJECTS TESTED

MBE Subjects: Constitutional Law, Contracts/Sales, Criminal Law/Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, Torts.

Florida Subjects: Business Entities (not limited to Corporations and Partnerships), Family Law, FL Constitutional Law, FL Civil Procedure and the Rules of Judicial Administration, FL Rules of Civil & Criminal Procedure, FL Rules of Professional Conduct & Rules Regulating Trust Accounts,  Trusts, Wills & Administration of Estates (all topics include equitable aspects), plus Florida Law for all MBE subjects. *Beginning February 2013, the following subjects are being added to the Florida Bar Exam: Juvenile Delinquency, Articles 3 and 9 of the UCC, Dependency, and Professionalism.

BAR EXAM DATES

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

Bar Exam Location:
Tampa Convention Center
333 S. Franklin Street
Tampa, FL 32602
(813) 274-8511

2013 Bar Exam Dates:
February 26-27and July 30-31

FILING FEES AND DEADLINES

Applicant must file both a law student registration and a bar exam application.

Student Registrant deadlines (for discounted fees) are dates based on law school start dates, and are the same for all law schools.

Law School Start Dates $100 Filing Deadline  $350 Filing Deadline
August / September The following January 15 The following March 15
January / February The following June 15 The following August 15
May / June The following October 15 The following December 15

All student registrations postmarked after March 15, August 15, or December 15 (whichever is applicable)  but no more than 12 months from graduation $400

The cost of filing a Bar Application is determined by whether or not you have been  admitted to the bar, and if so, the number of years.

$600 For law students who filed an early registration and are now converting to a regular applicant and plan to take the Bar Examination
$1000 For law students who did not file an early registration, for persons who have not been admitted, filing for the first time or for persons who have been admitted for less than 12 months
$1600 For attorneys admitted more than 1 but less than 5 years
$2000 For attorneys admitted more than 5 but less than 10 years
$2400 For attorneys admitted more than 10 but less than 15 years
$3000 For attorneys admitted 15 years or more
$6000 Eligible to apply after disbarment or resignation pending disciplinary proceedings, regardless of length of time admitted

Checks should be made payable to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The board does not accept payment by credit card

Schedule of Filing Deadlines & Late Fees

Late Fee Determined by February Exam July Exam
Timely Postmarked on or before November 15 May 1
$325 Postmarked on or before December 15 June1
$625 Postmarked on or before January 15 June 15

 

GRADING AND RESULTS

MBE and Florida essay/multiple-choice scores are each weighted 50% in order to determine if applicant has achieved a passing score. An average scaled score of 136 will be required. Results are generally released in mid-April for February exam and mid-September for July exam.

RECIPROCITY

Admission on Motion
Florida does not provide for admission on motion. Examination is required of all applicants.

Acceptance of MBE Score 
Florida does not accept an MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction.