Vermont Bar Exam

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Vermont Board of Bar Examiners

2418 Airport Rd., Suite 2
Barre, VT 05641
Telephone: (802) 828-3281



The Vermont Bar Exam is a 2 day exam.

Day 1: two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions and 4 essay questions.

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam.


MBE Subjects: 

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

Vermont Essay Subjects:

  • Administrative Law
  • Agency
  • Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Paper
  • Corporations
  • Equity
  • Family Law
  • Legal Ethics
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Property
  • Secured Transactions
  • Taxation
  • Trusts
  • VT Practice & Procedure
  • Wills
  • plus all MBE subjects

Multistate Performance Test: 

“Closed universe” practical problem using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.


The Vermont Bar Exam is administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July.

2014 Winter:  February 25 and 26

2014 Summer: July 29 and 30


February Exam: POSTMARKED by Dec. 1 (Late filing is allowed).
July Exam: POSTMARKED by May. 1 (Late filing is allowed).

Application packet: $15

Exam fee: $240

Admission on motion: $600

Clerkship fee (required): $25


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.


Applicant must receive a passing score on both parts of the exam. Applicant must achieve a scaled score of 135 on the MBE and a scaled score of 135 on the essays. Results are released within 56 days after the exam.


Admission on Motion
Applicant may be admitted without exam. Must have practiced 5 of 10 years (or reciprocal state’s time period if three years or more) immediately preceding application. Special rules for New Hampshire attorneys.

Acceptance of MBE Score
Applicants may transfer MBE scaled score of 135 or higher from another jurisdiction, provided that exam was taken within the previous four consecutive administrations.

Three month study with Vermont attorney required of most applicants. Applicant must complete all work required for graduation prior to sitting for exam.

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