North Carolina Bar Exam Information

The North Carolina Bar Exam is administered over the course of two days, twice a year. The exam consists of four sessions pertaining to federal and North Carolina specific law. North Carolina does not accept an Multi-state Bar Exam (MBE) score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction; however, applicants who transfer their UBE score may be eligible for the exam.

Exam Dates:July 28th-29th, 2020
Exam Type:Two-day MBE and essay exams
Location:Raleigh, North Carolina
Application Fee:$850
On-Motion Application Fee:$1,650
Filing Deadline:January 7th, 2020
Late Filing Deadline:March 3rd, 2020
Late Fee:$250

When is the 2020 North Carolina Bar Exam?

The 2020 North Carolina Bar Exam will take place Tuesday, July 28th and Wednesday, July 29th. Up to date information can be found at the Board of Law Examiners of the State of North Carolina website.

In order to register for the exam, applicants must submit their application along with the other requirements needed by no later than January 7th, 2020, otherwise applicants will be charged a late fee of $650 if the application is received January 8th through March 3rd, 2020.

Where is the North Carolina Bar Exam Located?

The July 2020 North Carolina Bar Exam will take place at two locations in Raleigh, North Carolina:

North Carolina State Fairgrounds

1025 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607

Jane S. McKimmon Center at North Carolina State University

1101 Gorman Street
Raleigh, NC 27606

How much does the North Carolina Bar Exam cost?

Non-licensed applicants are required to pay a fee of $850 for application, and $1,100 if the application is received between the dates of January 8th through March 3rd, 2020. A licensed attorney applying for the Bar Exam is required to pay $1,650, and will have to pay $1,900 if the application is received during the late payment period.

What subjects are tested on the North Carolina Bar Exam?

The subjects tested on the North Carolina Bar Exam are as follows:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Business Association (including Agency, Corporations, and Partnership)
  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Family Law
  • Legal Ethics
  • Mortgages
  • Real Property
  • Secured Transactions (including the Uniform Commercial Code)
  • Suretyship and Liens
  • Taxation
  • Torts
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Equity

What is the format of the North Carolina Bar Exam like?

The North Carolina Bar Exam takes place over the course of two days, twice a year during the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July.

On day one, applicants complete 12 essay questions (30 minutes each). On day two, applicants take the Multistate Bar Exam, which consists of 200 multiple choice questions.

What is the minimum MPRE score needed to take the North Carolina Bar Exam?

Applicants must receive an 80 or higher on the MPRE in order to be qualified for the North Carolina Bar Exam.

How is the North Carolina Bar Exam Graded?

The North Carolina Bar Exam is graded by combining the MBE (weighted 40%) and the essay (weighted 60%) scores in order to determine if applicant has achieved a passing score of 350.

When are the North Carolina Bar Exam scores released?

The results are typically released in late March for the February exam, and late August for the July exam.

Can I transfer my MBE scores from another jurisdiction?

No. North Carolina does not currently accept MBE scores from another jurisdiction.

What is the North Carolina Reciprocity Agreement like?

Attorneys must have been engaged in the full-time practice of law as the attorney’s principal means of livelihood in a reciprocal jurisdiction for at least four of the past six years. The attorney’s home jurisdiction must admit North Carolina attorneys without requiring the bar exam, but the attorney’s home jurisdiction may still require the MPRE. Attorneys must have been physically practicing in the reciprocal jurisdiction.

How can I contact the North Carolina State Bar?

The North Carolina Board of Law Examiners can be contacted by email at info @ncble.org, by phone at (919) 848-4229, and by mail at:
North Carolina Board of Law Examiners
5510 Six Forks Rd., Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27609

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