District of Columbia Bar Exam

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District of Columbia Committee on Admissions

DC Court of Appeals
430 E Street, NW, Room 123
Washington, DC 20001

Tel: (202) 879-2710

Website: www.dccourts.gov


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

Locations announced prior to exam.

2016 Winter:  February 23 and 24

2016 Summer: July 26 and 27


The District of Columbia Bar Exam is a 2-day exam.

Day 1: Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions (worth 25%) and six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions (worth 25%).

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE – worth 50%) , a 200 question, multiple-choice exam.


MBE Subjects: 

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

MEE Essay Subjects:

  • Business Associations (Agency, Corporations, Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies)
  • Civil Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (including Article 2 and Revised Article for UCC)
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates, Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Uniform Commercial Code (Secured Transactions)

Multistate Performance Test: 

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

MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam)

A scaled score of 75 on the MPRE is required for admission.


Application must be filed by December 15 for the February exam and by May 3 for the July exam.

Filing Fee: $100

plus MBE Fee: $60

plus MEE and MPT Fee: $45

plus NCBE Character Report: $275 for a recent graduate, $375 for anyone out more than a year

Late applications may be filed within 15 days from December and May closing dates ($200 late fee).


The MBE is weighted 50% and the MEE and MPT are weighted 25% each. An applicant taking both the essay portion and the MBE portion of the bar examination is required to achieve a combined scaled score of 266 to pass the examination. An applicant, who has achieved a scaled score of 133 or more on a prior D.C. essay or MBE examination and whose score transfer has been accepted by the Committee, is required to achieve a 133 scaled score on the portion of the examination being taken. Results are generally released in mid-May for the February exam and mid-November for the July exam.


Admission on Motion: An applicant who has been a member of another bar and in good standing for 5 years immediately preceding application may be admitted without motion.

Acceptance of MBE Score: An applicant may be admitted without exam if applicant received a scaled MBE score of 133 or higher on an exam upon which applicant was admitted in another jurisdiction, achieved a scaled score of 75 or better on MPRE, and has a JD  or LL.B. from an ABA accredited law school.

An applicant who received an MBE scaled score of 133 or higher on a prior MBE (taken within 25 months of the present exam) may waive in the MBE score and take only the essay exam. An essay score of 133 will then be required to pass the DC Bar Exam.

An applicant who received a scaled essay score of 133 or higher on a prior DC Bar Exam (taken within 25 months of the present exam) may waive in the essay score and take only the MBE. A scaled score of 133 will then be required to pass the DC exam.

Bar exam information is subject to change without notice; please verify with bar examiners’ office.

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