New Jersey Bar Exam Information

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the New Jersey Bar Exam to be postponed from July 28-29 until September 9-10, 2020.

The filing deadline has been extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications can be made until May 8, 2020, or up until June 5 with the payment of a late filing fee.

The two-day exam follows the UBE format and includes essays and multiple-choice questions. The exam is comprised of three components: a Multistate Performance Test (MPT), a Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), and a Multistate Bar Exam (MBE).

Exam Dates:Wednesday and Thursday, September 9-10, 2020*
Postponed from July 28-29, 2020
Exam Type:Two-day UBE with multiple choice and long-form questions
Location:Atlantic City and Somerset, NJ
Application Fee:$675
On-Motion Application Fee:$1,500
Filing Deadline:May 8
Late Filing Deadline:May 22 / June 05
Late Fee:$950 / $1,200

When is the 2020 New Jersey Bar Exam?

The New Jersey Bar Exam usually takes place on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July, although the July 2020 exam has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will now occur on Wednesday and Thursday, September 9-10, 2020.

Where is the New Jersey Bar Exam Located?

The New Jersey Bar Exam is held in Atlantic City and Somerset.

Atlantic City Convention Center

1 Convention Boulevard, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Indoor and outdoor parking is available at the venue.

Hotel Somerset – Bridgewater

110 Davidson Ave, Somerset, NJ 08873

Limited onsite parking is available.

The New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners will confirm the exact location(s) directly with applicants closer to the exam date.

How much does the New Jersey Bar Exam cost?

The September New Jersey Bar Exam costs $675 if applications are received by the initial May 8, 2020 deadline. Late filing between May 9 and May 22 will cost the applicant a total of $950, while late filing between May 23 and June 5 will cost the applicant a total of $1,200.

Applications are made online, and same-day credit card payments are not accepted after 11:30 p.m.

Applicants who have applied for the July exam will automatically have their application applied to the new September dates.

What subjects are tested on the New Jersey Bar Exam?

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

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

The New Jersey Bar Exam follows a two-day UBE format:

Day 1:

Morning: two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions

Afternoon: six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions

Day 2:

Morning: one hundred multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

Afternoon: one hundred multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

What is the minimum MPRE score needed to take the New Jersey Bar exam?

New Jersey requires a minimum scaled MPRE score of 75 or a C grade in a Professional Responsibility course.

How is the New Jersey Bar Exam Graded?

The MEE and MPT essay scores are scaled to the MBE multiple-choice questions with the following weighting:

  • MBE 50%
  • MPT 20%
  • MEE 30%

Scores from all sections are combined, and a passing score of 272 or higher is required. No minimum passing score is required on either section. Essay questions are graded on a 7-point (0-1-2-3-4-5-6) standard.

When are the New Jersey Bar scores released?

Results for the July exam are usually released in mid-November. However, because the exam has been postponed until September, the release of the results will likely be delayed.

Can I transfer my MBE scores from another jurisdiction?

The applicant may transfer an MBE scaled score from a concurrent exam only.

What is the New Jersey Reciprocity Agreement like?

Examination is required for all applicants except qualified New Jersey law school professors.

How can I contact the New Jersey State Bar?

Mailing Address

New Jersey Board of Law Examiners
PO Box 973
Trenton, NJ 08625-0973

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
Website: www.njbarexams.org

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