Maryland Bar Exam

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Maryland Board of Law Examiners

2011-F Commerce Park Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401
Telephone: (410) 260-3640



The Maryland 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


The Maryland Bar Exam is a 2-day exam.

Day 1: Ten state essays plus one Multistate Performance Test (MPT) question.

Day 2: 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

Maryland Essay Subjects:

  • Agency
  • Commercial Paper
  • Corporations
  • Family Law
  • MD Civil Procedure
  • Partnerships
  • Professional Responsibility
  • plus all MBE subjects

Multistate Performance Test: 

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


Applicant must complete both an application for admission and an original petition to take the bar exam.

Application for admission deadlines and fees:

Timely filing: $225 registration fee if received by September 15 for the February 2016 Bar. For the July 2016 Bar registration fee due by January 18, 2016.

Late deadline for February 2016 bar exam: Monday, December 21, 2015.

Late deadline for July 2016 bar exam: Friday, May 20, 2016.

Late application fee: $275

Deadline to file an Original or Retake Petition for February 2016: Monday, December 21, 2015

for July 2016: Friday, May 20, 2016

Petition fee: $250

The deadline to file an application to use a laptop computer on the February 2016 Bar is Monday, December 21, 2015; July 2016 is Friday, May 20, 2016. There is no fee due with the laptop application; however, a separate $125 laptop registration fee must be paid closer to the exam. Further details are available at


Each essay exam question is worth six points and the MPT question is worth nine points, total essay score is then scaled up to 200 points. The essay exam is  weighted twice as much as the MBE. Thus, the total scaled score is the essay scaled score multiplied by two and added to the MBE scaled score. To pass, an applicant must achieve a total scaled score of 406 out of 600 points. Results are generally released in early May for February exam and early November for July exam. To pass the Attorney Exam, a score of at least 70% of the total point score is required.


Acceptance of MBE Score
Applicants may transfer an MBE score from another jurisdiction from a concurrent exam only.

Eligibility for Admission by Attorney Examination
Out-of-state attorney applicants are required to take an essay exam on Maryland Evidence, Maryland Civil/Criminal Practice and Procedure and Rules of Professional Conduct. Applicants must have practiced law as a principal means of support in another jurisdiction for 10 years, or five of the last 10 years immediately preceding application, must have been admitted by exam in another state, and must have intent to practice in Maryland.

Attorney Exam Application Fee: $700 (plus cost of NCBE character report: $300)

All applicants required to complete a course on legal professionalism offered by the Maryland State Bar Association prior to admission. There is a course fee.

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