Hawaii Bar Exam Information

Hawaii Bar Exam Information

Board of Examiners
Supreme Court of Hawaii
Ali’iolani Hale, Room 103
417 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813-2912
(808) 539-4919

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Subjects and Topics Tested

The Hawaii bar exam tests the following MBE and MEE 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

MEE Subjects

  • Agency & Partnership
  • Corporations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Secured Transactions (U.C.C. Article 9)
  • Wills & Estates
  • Trusts and Future Interests

Application Filing Deadlines and Fees

July 2017 Exam
Filing Deadline: April 1

February 2018 Exam
Filing Deadline: November 1

Application Fees
Non-attorneys: $500
Attorneys: $500
Laptop Fee: $133

Scoring and Grading

A passing score on the Hawaii bar exam is 134 on a 200-point scale, which is based on a combined scores of the MBE, the Essay Questions, and the Multistate Performance Test. The MBE is weighted 50% and the Hawaii portion is weighted 50%. The Hawaii portion is comprised of 10 equally weighted parts (6 MEE questions, 2 Multistate Performance Test questions, and 1 Hawaii Legal Ethics Test).

Bar Exam Dates

The Hawaii 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

Hawaii bar exam results are typically released within 10-12 weeks of the exam.

Bar Exam Format

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

During the 4-hour morning session, 6 MEE questions and the 15 question Hawaii Ethics exam are administered. This allows an average of 30 minutes to complete each MEE question. During the three-hour afternoon session, 2 MPT 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 Hawaii Bar does not generally allow admission by motion based on reciprocity. However, it is allowed on limited and specific grounds.

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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