New Jersey Bar Exam

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New Jersey Board of Law Examiners

Mailing Address via US Postal Service:
New Jersey Board of Law Examiners
PO Box 973
Trenton, NJ 08625-0973

Overnight Deliveries (via DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.):
New Jersey Board of Law Examiners
Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex
25 W. Market Street
8th Floor, North Wing
Trenton, NJ 08611

Tel: (609) 984-2111



The New Jersey Bar Exam is a two-day exam.

2016 Winter:  February 24 and 25

2016 Summer: July 27 and 28


The New Jersey Bar Exam is a 2 day exam.

Day 1: MBE, a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (worth 50%).

Day 2: Seven essay questions testing primarily MBE subjects and New Jersey Civil Procedure (worth 50%).


MBE Subjects: 

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

New Jersey Essay Subjects:

  • Civil Procedure (New Jersey & Federal)
  • plus all MBE subjects

MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam)

A scaled score of 75 on the MPRE or a grade of “C” or better in a Professional Responsibility course in law school is required for admission.

Visit for information on MPRE dates, filing deadlines and application fees.


Filing Deadline for Character Questionnaire and Fee Schedule: May download application from Bar Examiners website beginning October 1 for the February exam and March 1 for the July exam. For the February exam, application must be submitted by October 31 ($575), November 15 ($850) or November 30 ($1,100). For the July exam, application must be submitted by March 31 ($575), April 15 ($850) or April 30 ($1,100).

Filing Deadline for Application and Authorization and Release Form: June 15 for the July exam and January 15 for the February exam.

Exam fee: “Rolling fee” increasing from $575 to $1,100 depending upon date of application (plus $57.50 fee for fingerprints) – fees are subject to change.


Scores on both sections are combined to determine if applicant has achieved a passing score of 272 or above. Essay questions are graded on a 7-point (0-1-2-3-4-5-6) standard. These grades are converted to a scale that equates to the MBE. The two bar examination components will be weighted for grading as follows: MBE 50% and Essay Exam 50%. No minimum passing score required on either section. Results are generally released in mid-May for the February exam and mid-November for the July exam.


Acceptance of MBE Score
Applicant may transfer MBE scaled score from a concurrent exam only.

Admission on Motion
Examination required of all applicants except qualified New Jersey law school professors.

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