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


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

2016 Winter:  February 23 and 24
2016 Summer: July 26 and 27

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


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.


MBE Subjects: 

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • 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.

MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam)

A scaled score of 80 is required. MPRE scores are accepted only if the MPRE and the general bar exam are taken within 25 months of each other.


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 FeeDetermined byFebruary ExamJuly Exam
TimelyPostmarked on or beforeNovember 15May 1
$325Postmarked on or beforeDecember 15June1
$625Postmarked on or beforeJanuary 15June 15


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. If applicant only takes one part of the exam, then a score of 136 or higher must be achieved on that part.

Results are generally released in mid-April for February exam and mid-September for July exam.


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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