North Carolina Bar Exam

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North Carolina Board of Law Examiners

North Carolina Board of Law Examiners
5510 Six Forks Rd., Suite 300
Raleigh NC 27609

Telephone Number: 919-828-4229
Fax Number: 919-848-4277


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The North Carolina 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 North Carolina Bar Exam is a 2-day exam.

Day 1: 12 Essay Questions, 3-hour morning session and 3-hour afternoon session (six 30-minute questions per session).

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200 question, multiple-choice exam. 3-hour morning session and 3-hour afternoon session.


MBE Subjects: 

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

North Carolina Essay Subjects:

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


Applications must be filed by the first Tuesday in October for the February exam and by the first Tuesday in January for the July exam. Fees are $700 if not a licensed attorney, $1,500 if current or former licensed attorney. Late filing deadlines are first Tuesday in November for the February exam and first Tuesday in March for the July exam (late filing fee is an additional $250). Contact bar examiners for complete information.


The MBE (weighted 40%) and the essay (weighted 60%) scores are combined to determine if applicant has achieved a passing score of 350. Results are generally released in late March for February exam and late August for July exam.


Admission on Motion: An attorney may be admitted without exam from states admitting attorneys from North Carolina without exam. Applications must be filed with the Board not less than 6 months prior to consideration of application. Applicants must be a graduate of an ABA accredited law school, have actively practiced law 4 of the 6 years immediately preceding the filing of the application, and have passed the MPRE. Admission on motion fee is $2,000. Contact bar examiners for complete information.

Acceptance of MBE Score: North Carolina does not accept an MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction.

For more information, please visit the NC Board of Law Examiners website.

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