Florida Bar Exam

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Florida Board of Law Examiners

1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL. 32399-1750

Telephone (850) 487-1292
Fax (850) 414-6822
Website: 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 Essay Subjects:

  • Articles 3 and 9 of the UCC
  • Business Entities (not limited to Corporations and Partnerships)
  • Dependency
  • 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
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Professionalism
  • Trusts
  • Wills & Administration of Estates (all topics include equitable aspects)
  • plus Florida Law for all MBE subjects.

BAR EXAM DATES

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

2014 Winter:  February 25 and 26
2014 Summer: July 29 and 30

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


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 date: August / September
$100 filing deadline: the following January 15th
$350 filing deadline: the following March 15th

Law school start date: January / February
$100 filing deadline: the following June 15th
$350 filing deadline: the following August 15th

Law school start date: May / June
$100 filing deadline: the following October 15th
$350 filing deadline: the following December 15th

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 exam.

$1,000 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.

$1,600 for attorneys admitted for more than one but less than five years.

$2,000 for attorneys admitted more than five but less than 10 years.

$2,400 for attorneys admitted more than 10 but less than 15 years.

$3,000 for attorneys admitted 15 years or more.

$6,000 for persons eligible to apply after disbarment or resignation pending disciplinary proceedings, regardless o 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

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

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

BAR EXAM FILING ADVICE

Take Appropriate Steps To Ensure Timely Delivery: Your application is one of thousands that will be sent to the same office address. Use Certified Mail with Return Receipt Requested or other appropriate verifiable means (e.g., FedEx, UPS) when sending all correspondence to the bar examiners so that you have proof regarding when your application was postmarked, when it arrived and who received it.  Check with the state bar examiner’s office before sending your application regarding what types of delivery they will accept.

Payment:  Application fees are generally non-refundable. Verify acceptable forms of payment with your state (i.e., no personal checks).  If you apply to take the bar exam, pay all fees and subsequently withdraw, you must contact the Bar Examiners. You may have to submit a new application, a new filing fee and new copies of related documents in order to sit for the exam at a future date.

Employment History:  Many states’ bar applications require information regarding your past employment since the age of 18 (i.e., name and address of employer, reason for leaving). Begin compiling a list of employers and their current addresses so that you have this information for your application.

Character References:  Many states’ bar applications require a list of persons who can attest to your good character. Begin compiling a list of non-relatives who have known you for at least two (2) years who can vouch for your integrity.

Driver Abstracts:  Some bar applications require you to produce a Driver’s Abstract from all states in which you were licenced to drive. Contact the Division of Motor Vehicles in each state and request the most complete abstract of your driving record that is available.

Fingerprints:  In some states you must submit your fingerprints on a special card with your exam application.   Have your fingerprints rolled by a professional law enforcement officer onto the forms provided by the bar examiners.


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.


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