Oklahoma Bar Exam

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Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners

P.O. Box 53036
1901 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73152
Telephone: (405) 416-7075

Website: http://www.okbbe.com/


BAR EXAM FORMAT

The Oklahoma Bar Exam is a 2 day exam.

Day 1: 16 essay questions in eight hours.

Day 2: 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

Oklahoma Essay Subjects:

  • Administrative Law
  • Agency
  • Commercial Paper
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Consumer Law
  • Corporations
  • Creditor’s Rights (including Bankruptcy)
  • Family Law
  • Federal Estate & Gift Taxation
  • Partnerships
  • Pleading and Practice (Federal & Oklahoma)
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Remedies
  • Secured Transactions
  • Trusts
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Wills & Estates
  • plus all MBE subjects

BAR EXAM DATES

The Oklahoma 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


FILING FEES AND DEADLINES

Applicant must file both a law student registration and a bar exam application. Law student registration fees are $125 prior to October 15 of year following enrollment (plus cost of NCBE character report) and $500 after October 15 of year following enrollment (plus cost of NCBE character report). Bar exam application must be filed by September 1 for the February exam and by February 1 for the July exam. Fee: $300. Late filing permitted (with late fee) until November 1 for February exam and April 1 for July exam. Attorney examinees: $1,000 (plus cost of NCBE character report).


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

The Oklahoma Bar Exam consists of two (2) component parts, each worth 50% of the overall score. A scaled 135 on the MBE, a grade of at least 75% in the subject of the Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct and a grade of at least 75% on the combination of the remaining essay subjects result in a passing score. However, remember that a scaled 135 is not a required minimum MBE score.


RECIPROCITY

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

Admission on Motion
May be admitted without exam from states admitting attorneys from Oklahoma without exam. Must have practiced for 5 of 7 years immediately preceding application and be a graduate of an ABA accredited law school. Fee: $1,500 (plus cost of NCBE character report).


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