New Hampshire Bar Exam Information

The New Hampshire Bar Exam is administered over the course of two days, twice a year. The exam consists of three sections pertaining to federal and New Hampshire law. In order to qualify for the New Hampshire Bar Exam, applicants must submit the one-page Application for The New Hampshire Bar Examination along with the Petition and Questionnaire for Admission. Applicants must have completed the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination prior to application.

Exam Dates:September 9-10th, 2020
Exam Type:2-day Multistate Performance Test and Multistate Bar Exam
Location:TBD
Application Fee:$725
On-Motion Application Fee:$1,225
Filing Deadline:May 15th, 2020
Late Filing Deadline:N/A
Late Fee:N/A

When is the 2020 New Hampshire Bar Exam?

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the New Hampshire Supreme Court issued an order on April 14, 2020 to postpone the July 2020 Bar Exam to September 9-10th, 2020. Up to date information can be found at the New Hampshire Judicial Branch website.

In order to register for the exam, applicants must submit their application by May 15, 2020. No extensions or late filings are permitted.

Where is the New Hampshire Bar Exam Located?

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has issued an order on April 14, 2020 to postpone the July 2020 Bar Exam to September 9-10th, 2020. Due to the postponement, the location for the Bar Exam is to be determined.

How much does the New Hampshire Exam cost?

The application fee for the New Hampshire Bar Exam is $725. The fee for filing a motion for admission without examination is $1,225. Applicants must submit applications by December 1st for the February Exam, and May 1st for the July Exam. Late applications are not accepted and there are no extensions given.

What subjects are tested on the New Hampshire Bar Exam?

The subjects tested on the New Hampshire Bar Exam are as follows:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Agency
  • Commercial Paper
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Corporations
  • Domestic Relations
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Partnerships
  • Secured Transactions
  • Wills
  • Estates & Trusts

What is the format of the New Hampshire Bar Exam like?

The New Hampshire Bar Exam is a two-day exam. On the first day, applicants complete two sections of Multistate Performance Test questions, then a section of six Multistate Performance Essay Exams. The second day consists of the 200 question multiple choice Multistate Bar Exam.

What is the minimum MPRE score needed to take the New Hampshire Bar Exam?

Applicants must have received a scaled score of no less than 79 on the MPRE in order to take the New Hampshire Bar Exam.

How is the New Hampshire Bar Exam Graded?

The New Hampshire Bar Exam is graded by a combination of the MBE (worth 50%), MPT (worth 20%), and MEE (worth 30%) in order to determine a total score.

When are the New Hampshire Bar scores released?

The New Hampshire Bar Exam scores are released late September for the July exam, and the February results are released in late April.

Can I transfer my MBE scores from another jurisdiction?

New Hampshire accepts an MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction, but only for the same test administration.

What is the New Hampshire Reciprocity Agreement like?

Supreme Court Rule 42(XI)(a) authorizes admission to the New Hampshire bar without examination for applicants who, among other things, have been admitted by bar exam in another jurisdiction, have been primarily engaged in the active practice of law for five of the past seven years, and have either taken and passed the bar examination in a reciprocal jurisdiction; or been primarily engaged in the active practice of law for five of the seven years immediately preceding the date upon which the motion is filed in reciprocal jurisdictions.

How can I contact the New Hampshire State Bar?

The New Hampshire State Bar’s can be reached by email via their website, by calling (603) 224-6942, or sending mail addressed to:
NH Bar Association
2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 300
Concord, NH 03301

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