South Carolina Bar Exam

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South Carolina Board of Law Examiners

South Carolina Bar Examiners
Supreme Court of South Carolina
P.O. Box 11330
Columbia, SC 29211

Telephone: (803) 734-1080



The South Carolina Bar Exam is a 3-day exam.

Day 1 and 2: Essay questions testing on six subject areas. The topics tested within each subject vary with each administration.

Day 3: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200 question, multiple-choice exam.


MBE Subjects: 

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

South Carolina Essay Subjects:

  • Business Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial Law
  • Domestic Relations
  • Equity
  • Insurance
  • Wills
  • Trusts & Estates


The South Carolina Bar Exam is administered on the last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July.

2014 Winter:  February 24, 25 and 26

2014 Summer: July 28, 29 and 30


Applications must be filed by August 1st until September 30th for the February exam, and by December 1st until January 31st for the July exam.

February Exam Fees: Application filed from August 1 to August 31 - $700. Application filed September 1 to September 30 - $1,050.

July Exam Fees: Application filed from December 1 to January 10 - $700. Application filed January 11 to January 31 - $1,050.

Attorney Applicants: An applicant who has been admitted in another state or the District of Columbia for one year or more must file one (1) additional copy of the application along with an additional fee of $800. A portion of this fee will be used to obtain a character report from the National Conference of Bar Examiners.


Take Appropriate Steps To Ensure Timely Delivery: Your application is one of thousands that will be sent to the same office address. Use Certified Mail with Return Receipt Requested or other appropriate verifiable means (e.g., FedEx, UPS) when sending all correspondence to the bar examiners so that you have proof regarding when your application was postmarked, when it arrived and who received it.  Check with the state bar examiner’s office before sending your application regarding what types of delivery they will accept.

Payment:  Application fees are generally non-refundable. Verify acceptable forms of payment with your state (i.e., no personal checks).  If you apply to take the bar exam, pay all fees and subsequently withdraw, you must contact the Bar Examiners. You may have to submit a new application, a new filing fee and new copies of related documents in order to sit for the exam at a future date.

Employment History:  Many states’ bar applications require information regarding your past employment since the age of 18 (i.e., name and address of employer, reason for leaving). Begin compiling a list of employers and their current addresses so that you have this information for your application.

Character References:  Many states’ bar applications require a list of persons who can attest to your good character. Begin compiling a list of non-relatives who have known you for at least two (2) years who can vouch for your integrity.

Driver Abstracts:  Some bar applications require you to produce a Driver’s Abstract from all states in which you were licenced to drive. Contact the Division of Motor Vehicles in each state and request the most complete abstract of your driving record that is available.

Fingerprints:  In some states you must submit your fingerprints on a special card with your exam application.   Have your fingerprints rolled by a professional law enforcement officer onto the forms provided by the bar examiners.


The MBE accounts for 1 of 7 parts of the exam. The essays account for the remaining 6 parts. Applicant must pass 6 of the 7 parts to pass the entire exam. The minimum MBE scaled score required is 125. Minimum passing score on the essay is 70. A scaled MBE score of 110 or less is an automatic failure. Results are generally released in late April for the February exam and late October for the July exam.


Admission on Motion: South Carolina does not provide for admission on motion. In narrow situations, a special application may be made by a dean or tenured professor of the University of South Carolina. Contact the Supreme Court of South Carolina for more information. Otherwise, exam required of all applicants.

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

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