North Carolina Bar Exam Information

North Carolina Bar Exam Information

Board of Law Examiners of the State of North Carolina
5510 Six Forks Road, Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27609
(919) 848-4229

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Subjects and Topics Tested

The North Carolina bar exam may test the following MBE and North Carolina Essay subjects:

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure (Federal)
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (including U.C.C. Art. 2 – Sales)
  • Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts

North Carolina Essay Subjects

  • Business Associations (Agency, Partnerships, Corporations)
  • Family Law
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Secured Transactions (U.C.C. Article 9)
  • Legal Ethics
  • Wills & Estates
  • Trusts
  • Taxation

Application Filing Deadlines and Fees

July 2017 Exam
Filing Deadline: January 3
Late Filing Deadline: March 7

February 2018 Exam
Filing Deadline: October 3
Late Filing Deadline: November 7

Application Fees
Non-attorneys: $700
Attorneys: $1500
Repeaters: $400

Laptop Fee: $125

Scoring and Grading

A passing score on the North Carolina bar exam is 350 out of 500 points. This is based on the combined weighted scores of the MBE (worth 40%) and the North Carolina essay questions (worth 60%).

Bar Exam Dates

The North Carolina 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

North Carolina bar exam results are typically released in late March for the February exam and late August for the July exam.

Bar Exam Format

The North Carolina bar exam consists of the MBE and 12 North Carolina essay questions.

During the 3-hour morning session, 6 North Carolina essay questions are administered. During the 3-hour afternoon session, 6 more North Carolina essay questions are administered.

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


The North Carolina Bar allows admission on motion by reciprocity if the applicant meets all requirements and has practiced law for 4 of the previous 6 years in a reciprocal jurisdiction.

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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