New Jersey Bar Exam

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New Jersey Board of Law Examiners

Mailing Address via US Postal Service:
New Jersey Board of Law Examiners
PO Box 973
Trenton, NJ 08625-0973

Overnight Deliveries (via DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.):
New Jersey Board of Law Examiners
Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex
25 W. Market Street
8th Floor, North Wing
Trenton, NJ 08611

Tel: (609) 984-2111

Website: www.njbarexams.org


BAR EXAM DATES

The New Jersey Bar Exam is a two-day exam.

2016 Winter:  February 24 and 25

2016 Summer: July 27 and 28


BAR EXAM FORMAT

The New Jersey Bar Exam is a 2 day exam.

Day 1: MBE, a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (worth 50%).

Day 2: Seven essay questions testing primarily MBE subjects and New Jersey Civil Procedure (worth 50%).


SUBJECTS TESTED

MBE Subjects: 

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

New Jersey Essay Subjects:

  • Civil Procedure (New Jersey & Federal)
  • plus all MBE subjects

MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam)

A scaled score of 75 on the MPRE or a grade of “C” or better in a Professional Responsibility course in law school is required for admission.

Visit www.ncbex.org for information on MPRE dates, filing deadlines and application fees.


FILING FEES AND DEADLINES

Filing Deadline for Character Questionnaire and Fee Schedule: May download application from Bar Examiners website beginning October 1 for the February exam and March 1 for the July exam. For the February exam, application must be submitted by October 31 ($575), November 15 ($850) or November 30 ($1,100). For the July exam, application must be submitted by March 31 ($575), April 15 ($850) or April 30 ($1,100).

Filing Deadline for Application and Authorization and Release Form: June 15 for the July exam and January 15 for the February exam.

Exam fee: “Rolling fee” increasing from $575 to $1,100 depending upon date of application (plus $57.50 fee for fingerprints) – fees are subject to change.


GRADING AND RESULTS

Scores on both sections are combined to determine if applicant has achieved a passing score of 272 or above. Essay questions are graded on a 7-point (0-1-2-3-4-5-6) standard. These grades are converted to a scale that equates to the MBE. The two bar examination components will be weighted for grading as follows: MBE 50% and Essay Exam 50%. No minimum passing score required on either section. Results are generally released in mid-May for the February exam and mid-November for the July exam.


RECIPROCITY

Acceptance of MBE Score
Applicant may transfer MBE scaled score from a concurrent exam only.

Admission on Motion
Examination required of all applicants except qualified New Jersey law school professors.


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