RHODE ISLAND BAR EXAM

Clerk, Supreme Court
Providence County Courthouse
250 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 02903
Telephone: (401) 222-4233

www.courts.ri.gov

BAR EXAM FORMAT

The Rhode Island Bar Exam is a 2 day exam.

Day 1: The local day consists of 1 Multistate Performance Test (MPT) question, 3 Rhode Island essay questions, and 6 Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions.

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, mutiple choice exam.

SUBJECTS TESTED

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

Rhode Island Essay Subjects
Agency, Commercial Paper, Conflict of Laws, Corporations, Creditors’ Rights, Domestic Relations, Equity, Partnerships, RI Practice & Procedure, Secured Transactions, Trusts, Wills, Federal Jurisdiction plus all MBE subjects.

Multistate Performance Test
“Closed Universe” practical problem using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

BAR EXAM DATES

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

2012 Winter:  February 28-29
2012 Summer: July 24-25

FILING FEES AND DEADLINES

February Exam: POSTMARKED by Dec. 1. No extensions.
July Exam: POSTMARKED by May 1.  No extensions.

Exam fee: $450 (non-attorneys); $800 (attorneys)

GRADING AND RESULTS

A scaled score of 130 on the MBE is required to pass. The scaled scores of the MBE, MPT and essays are combined to determine if applicant has achieved a passing score of 276. Results are generally released in mid-May for February exam and mid-October for July exam.

RECIPROCITY

Admission on Motion 
Rhode Island does not provide for admission on motion. Examination is required of all applicants. If an attorney has practiced 5 out of the 10 years immediately preceding application, only the Rhode Island essay exam and MPT portion of the exam is required. (This format requires a scaled score of 138 to pass.)
 
Acceptance of MBE Score 
Applicant may transfer MBE scaled score from concurrent exam only.
 
Miscellaneous
Applicants must complete a training course offered by the Rhode Island Bar for admission.