Maryland Bar Exam Information

Maryland Bar Exam Information


Maryland State Board of Law Examiners
1891 Eider Court
2011-F Commerce Park Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 260-3640

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Subjects and Topics Tested

The Maryland bar exam tests the following MBE and essay subjects:

  • Civil Procedure (Federal)
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (including U.C.C. Art. 2 – Sales)
  • Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Agency
  • Business Associations
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Family Law
  • Maryland Civil Procedure
  • Professional Responsibility

The Maryland Attorney Exam test the following subjects:

  • Maryland Rules of Procedure governing practice and procedure in civil cases and criminal cases
  • Maryland Lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland
  • Criminal Procedure Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland

Application Filing Deadlines and Fees

July 2017 Exam
Early Filing Deadline: January 15
Timely Filing Deadline: May 20

February 2018 Exam
Early Filing Deadline: September 15
Timely Filing Deadline: December 20

Bar Exam Application Fees
Non-attorneys: $525
Attorneys: $525
Repeaters: $250

Laptop Fee: $30

Attorney Exam: $750

Scoring and Grading

An exam taker must achieve a score of 406 out of 600 to pass the Maryland Bar Exam. The raw score for the written portion is comprised of the essay questions and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) scores. The MPT is weighted 1.5 times as much as a regular essay question. The total scaled score = (written scaled score x 2) + MBE score.

A 70% score is required to pass the Attorney Exam.

Bar Exam Dates

The Maryland bar exam is administered twice per year – once in February and once in July.

Upcoming Exams

2017: July 25-26

2018: February 27-28 and July 24-25

Bar Exam Results

Maryland bar exam results are typically released in mid May for the February exam and early November for the July exam.

Bar Exam Format

The Maryland bar exam includes the written portion on day one, and the MBE on day two.

Tuesday
During the morning session, exam takers are given 3 hours to answer 3 Maryland Essay questions and 1 MPT. During the afternoon session, exam takers have 3 hours to complete 7 additional Maryland Essay questions.

Wednesday
100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour morning session, and 100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour afternoon session.

Reciprocity

The Maryland Bar does not allow for admission on motion or by transfer of a multistate exam score.

Jurisdiction rules and policies change. Be sure to consult the jurisdiction’s bar admission agency directly for the most current info.

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