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Florida Bar Exam Essay Grading Abbreviations

There are many differences in the format, content, and way in which each state administers its bar examination. It can be difficult and time-consuming to gain a good understanding of the application and filing requirements that lead up to each state’s bar exam.

For this reason, CRUSH the Bar Exam has compiled a main overview of some of the most popular state bar exams to make things easier for you. Please choose a state below.

California Bar Exam

The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415)538-2300

www.calbar.ca.gov

CA Bar Exam Dates and Deadlines

CA Application Fees & Deadlines

Students may begin applying March 2, 2015, Timely Filing Deadline is April 1, 2015, Final Filing Deadline is June 15, 2015

  • General Applicants: $645
  • Attorney Applicants: $937
  • Laptop Fee: $146
  • Late Laptop Fee: $15 (requested post submission)
  • Late Filing Fee: $50 (April 2 – April 30, 2015 for the July 2015 Exam)
  • Late Filing Fee: $100 (May 1 – June 15, 2015 for the July 2015 Exam)

Exam Details

  • Day One – Tuesday: 3 Essays (1 hour each) and 1 Performance Test (3 hours)
  • Day Two – Wednesday: The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), which consists of 200 multiple-choice questions divided into two 3-hour sessions of 100 questions each.
  • Day Three – Thursday: 3 Essays (1 hour each) and 1 Performance Test (3 hours)

Tested Subjects

MBE: Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.

State Essays & PTs: Business Associations, Civil Procedure, community Property, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Real Property, Remedies, Torts, Trusts, Wills and Succession, Uniform Commercial Code (Article 1, Article 2, and Article 9 concerning fixtures)

Grading of the Exam

The MBE portion of the exam is reported on a scale ranging from 0 to 2,000. The written portion of the exam is graded out of 1,000 possible points (100 points for each of the 6 essays + 200 points for each of the 2 performance tests), which is then converted to a 2,000-point scale comparable to the MBE portion. Each 2,000-point portion of the exam is weighted as follows: MBE (35%) Written (65%). A final score of 1440 or higher is a passing score. If an applicant’s score falls just short of a 1440, their exam will go through a second reading by different graders just to make sure they receive an accurate score.

Bar Exam Results

Results will be released and mailed to February exam takers in mid-May, and to July exam takers in November.

CA Bar Exam Pass Rate

The pass rate for first-time takers of the California Bar Examination in February 2014 was 55%; for July 2014 it was 61%.

New York Bar Exam

The New York State Board of Law Examiners
Corporate Plaza, Building
254 Washington Avenue Extension
Albany, NY 12203
(518)453-5990

http://www.nybarexam.org/

NY Bar Exam Dates and Deadlines

Exam Fees

Students must Apply between April 1 and April 30, 2015 – NO LATE FILING

  • Application Fee: $250 (foreign students of law $750)
  • Laptop Program Fee: $100

Exam Details

The New York Bar Exam is a 2-day examination with both a morning and afternoon session each day.

Day One – Tuesday: The New York section of the exam consists of 5 essay questions and 50 multiple-choice questions prepared by the NY State Board, then 1 Multistate Performance Test (MPT) question prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE).

Day Two – Wednesday: 200-question Multistate Bar Examination divided into two 3-hour sessions

Tested Subjects

State Essay Portion: Administrative Law, Business Relationships, New York Civil Practice and Procedure, Conflict of Laws, New York and Federal Constitutional Law, Contracts and Contract Remedies, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Matrimonial and Family Law, Professional Responsibility, Real Property, Torts and Tort Damages, Trusts Wills and Estates, and UCC articles 2 and 9.

Multistate Performance Test Portion: This is a 90-minute skills question that requires test takers to use legal analysis, fact analysis, problem solving, and other lawyering skills to complete a given task within the given time frame.

MBE Portion: Constitutional Law (31 questions), Contracts (33 questions), Criminal Law and Procedure (31 questions), Evidence (31 questions), Real Property (31 questions), and Torts (33 questions). Ten of these questions will be indistinguishable from the rest and are not used for scoring.

Grading of the Exam

The raw scores from all portions of the exam are each converted and scaled on a common scale of 1000. Those scores are then appropriately weighted and combined into a final score out of 1000. A final passing score is 665. If an applicant’s score falls just short of 665, their exam will go through a second reading by different graders just to make sure they receive an accurate score. Each portion is weighted as follows: Essays (40%), New York Multiple-Choice Questions (10%), MPT (10%), MBE (40%).

NY Bar Exam Pass Rate

The pass rate for first-time takers of the New York Bar Examination in February 2014 was 62%; for July 2014 it was 74%.

Florida Bar Exam

Florida Board of Bar Examiners
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850)487-1292

www.floridabarexam.org

FL Bar Exam Dates

  • July 28-29, 2015
  • February 23-24, 2016

Registration and Application Fees

Deadlines for Early Registration filing depends on when law students started their first year of law school (see chart below).

Law School Start Date$100 Filing Deadline$350 Filing Deadline
August/Septemberthe following January 15the following March 15
January/Februarythe following June 15the following August 15
May/Junethe following October 15the following December 15

Timely Bar Application Filing Fees (Must apply by May 1 for the July 2015 Exam, and by November 15 for the February 2016 Exam):

  • $600 for law school students who filed an Early Registration and are ready to become an applicant to take the Bar Exam.
  • $1,000 for law school students who haven’t been admitted and did not file an early registration, or for those who have been admitted under one year.
  • $1,600 for attorneys who have been admitted for more than one year but less than five years
  • $2,000 for attorneys who have been admitted for more than five years but less than ten years
  • $2,400 for attorneys who have been admitted for more than ten years but less than fifteen years
  • $3,000 for attorneys who have been admitted for fifteen years or more

Late Bar Application Filing Fees:

  • $325 Late Fee: Must file by June 1 for the July 2015 exam, and by December 15 for the February 2016 exam
  • $625 Late Fee: Must file by June 15 for the July 2015 exam, and by January 15 for the February 2016 exam

 Exam Format

Day One (Part A) – Tuesday:  consists of three hours dedicated to answering essay questions and three hours toward 100 multiple-choice questions

Day Two (Part B) – Wednesday: 200-question Multistate Bar Examination divided into two 3-hour sessions

Tested Subjects

State Essay & Multiple-Choice (Part A): Florida Rules of Judicial Administration (2.330, 2.420, 2.505, and 2.515), Florida Constitutional Law, Federal Constitutional Law, Trusts, Business Entities, Real Property, Evidence, Torts, Wills & Administration of Estates, Criminal Law/Constitutional Criminal Procedure/ and Juvenile Delinquency, Contracts, Articles 3 and 9 of the UCC, Family Law and Dependency, Chapters 4&5 of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar, and Professionalism.

MBE Topics (Part B): Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts. There will also be 10 questions that are indistinguishable from the rest and are not used for scoring.

Grading of the Exam

An average scaled score of 136 or higher is considered a passing grade for Parts A and B of the Florida General Bar Examination. For those who take the February exam, results are typically reported in April. For applicants taking the exam in July, results are typically reported in September.

Florida Bar Exam Pass Rate

The pass rate for first-time takers of the Florida Bar Examination in July 2014 was 71.8%; for February 2015 it was 64.3%.

Texas Bar Exam

Texas Board of Law Examiners
PO Box 13486
Austin, TX 78711
(512)463-1621

http://www.ble.state.tx.us/

Exam Dates

  • July 28-30, 2015
  • February 23-25, 2016
  • July 26-28, 2016

Texas Bar Exam Fees & Deadlines

  • The timely filing deadline for February exam takers is on August 30th prior to the exam. The deadline for July exam takers is on January 30th prior to the exam.
  • In-State Students: $320
  • Out-of-State Students: $435
  • Attorneys Licensed in Another State: $1,040
  • Attorneys Qualified for Admission Without Examination: $890
  • Re-Application for Exam: $320
  • Late Filing Fee: $150
  • MBE Transfer Fee: $25

Exam Format

Day One – Tuesday: Consists of a 90-minute Multistate Performance Test and a 90-minute segment to answer 40 Procedure and Evidence Questions in writing. No breaks between segments.

Day Two – Wednesday: 200-question Multistate Bar Examination divided into two 3-hour sessions

Day Three – Thursday: Two 3-hour sessions consisting of 6 essay questions each session (for a total of 12 essay questions)

Tested Subjects

Multistate Performance Test: Requires applicants to sort detailed relevant facts, analyze statutes and cases for relevant legal principals, apply relevant laws to the relevant facts, identify and resolve ethical dilemmas, and communicate such items effectively in writing

Procedure and Evidence Questions: covers both criminal and civil procedure and evidence (20 criminal questions and 20 civil questions)

MBE: Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts

State Essay Topics: Uniform Commercial Code (2 questions), Business Associations (2 questions), Family Law (2 questions), Wills and Administration (2 questions), Real Property (2 questions), Trust and Guardianship (1 question), and Consumer Law (1 question)

Grading of the Exam

Receiving a total scaled score of 675 or higher is required for passing. Each exam segment is weighted as follows: Multistate Performance Test (10%), Procedure & Evidence (10%), MBE (40%), State Essays (40%)

TX Bar Exam Pass Rate

The pass rate for first-time takers of the Texas Bar Examination in July 2014 was 77%; for February 2015 it was 69%.

NJ Bar Exam

New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners
P.O. Box 973
Trenton, NJ 08625
(609) 984-2111

https://www.njbarexams.org/home

Exam Dates

  • July 29 & 30, 2015
  • February 24 & 25, 2016
  • July 27 & 28, 2016
  • February 22 & 23, 2017
  • July 26 & 27, 2017

Application Fees and Deadlines

  • Timely Application: $575 (October 1 – October 31 for February exam takers, and March 1 – March 31 for July exam takers)
  • Late Application: $850 (November 1 – November 15 for February exam takers, and April 1 – April 15 for July exam takers)
  • Final Application Deadline: $1,100 (November 16 – November 30 for February exam takers, and April 16 – April 30 for July exam takers)
  • Laptop Registration Fee: $0 if timely (December 4 – January 5 for February exam takers, and May 2 – May 30 for July exam takers)

Exam Format

Day One – Wednesday – 200-question Multistate Bar Examination divided into two 3-hour sessions

Day Two – Thursday – 7 essay questions based primarily on MBE subjects along with Civil Procedure

Tested Subjects

MBE: Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.

Essay: MBE subjects in addition to New Jersey Civil Procedure

Grading of the Exam

Both the MBE and Essay portions of the exam are equally weighted at 50% each. Exam results are typically reported sometime in May for February exam takers and in November for July exam takers.

Pass Rate

The pass rate for first-time takers of the New Jersey Bar Examination in February 2014 was 66%; for July 2014 it was 78%.

PA Bar Exam

Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners
601 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 3600
P.O Box 62535
Harrisburg, PA 17106
(717) 231-3350

http://www.pabarexam.org

Exam Dates

  • July 28 & 29, 2015
  • February 23 & 24, 2016

Application Fees & Deadlines

  • Timely Filing: $575 (applicants must apply by October 30 for the February Exam, and by April 15 for the July Exam)
  • First Late Filing: $725 (applicants must apply by November 15 for the February Exam, and by April 30 for the July Exam)
  • Second Late Filing: $1,025 (applicants must apply by November 30 for the February Exam, and by May 15 for the July Exam)
  • Final Filing Deadline: $1,425 (applicants must apply by December 15 for the February Exam, and by May 30 for the July Exam)
  • MBE Score Transfer Fee: $30

Exam Format

Day One – Tuesday: consists of 1 Performance Test Question and 6 essay questions

Day Two – Wednesday: 200-question Multistate Bar Examination divided into two 3-hour sessions

Tested Subjects

State Essay Topics: Business Organizations, Civil Procedure (Pennsylvania and federal), Conflict of Laws, Contracts, Criminal Law, Employment Discrimination, Evidence, Family Law, Federal Constitutional Law, Federal Income Taxes, Professional Responsibility, Real Property, Torts, Uniform Commercial Code (Article II – Sales), Wills/Trusts and Decedents’ Estates

Performance Test Question: This tests an applicant’s ability in using lawyering skills to analyze and sort through factual information, and then formulating an answer for an assigned task.

MBE: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts

Grading of the Exam

The essay portion is combined with the MPT score and then scaled to the MBE. Next, both scores are weighted and combined. They are weighted as follows: essays + MPT (55%), and MBE (45%). A final passing score for the Pennsylvania Bar Examination is 272 or higher.

Pass Rate

The pass rate for first-time takers of the Pennsylvania Bar Examination in February 2015 was 68%; for July 2014 it was 82%.

Maryland Bar Exam

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

http://www.mdcourts.gov/ble/

Exam Dates

  • July 28 & 29, 2015
  • February 23 & 24, 2016
  • July 26 & 27, 2016

Application Fees and Deadlines

  • Timely Filing: $225 (applications must be filed by January 16, 2015 for the July 2015 exam and by September 15, 2015 for the February 2016 exam)
  • Late Filing: $275 (applications must be filed by May 20, 2015 for the July 2015 exam and by December 21, 2015 for the February 2016 exam)
  • Laptop Fee: $125 (registration for laptop use opens 3 to 4 weeks prior to the exam and for just 2 weeks)

Exam Format

Day One – Tuesday: Consists of two 3-hour sessions. Test takers can decide how to divide their time among 10 essays and 1 Multistate Performance Test

Day Two – Wednesday: 200-question Multistate Bar Examination divided into two 3-hour sessions

Tested Subjects

State Essay Topics: Agency, Partnerships, Commercial Law, Family Law, Maryland Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility

Performance Test: Requires applicants to sort detailed relevant facts, analyze statutes and cases for relevant legal principals, apply relevant laws to the relevant facts, identify and resolve ethical dilemmas, and communicate such items effectively in writing.

MBE: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts

Grading of the Exam

A total scaled score of 406 or higher is considered a passing score for the Maryland Bar Exam.

MD Bar Exam Pass Rate

The pass rate for first-time takers of the Maryland Bar Examination in February 2014 was 71%; for July 2014 it was 77%.

Illinois Bar Exam

Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar
625 South College Street
Springfield, Illinois 62704
(217)522-5917

https://www.ilbaradmissions.org

Exam Dates

Application Fees & Deadlines

For Students who filed the proper law student registration application separate from the exam in Illinois

  • Timely Filing: $500 (must file by February 15 for the July exam and by September 1 for the February exam)
  • Late Filing: $700 (must file by April 1 for the July exam and November 1 for the February exam)
  • Final Filing Deadline: $1,000 (must file by May 31 for the July exam and by December 31 for the February exam)

For individuals that have not previously filed an Illinois law student registration application

  • Timely Filing: $950 (must file by February 15 for the July exam and by September 1 for the February exam)
  • Late Filing: $1,150 (must file by April 1 for the July exam and November 1 for the February exam)
  • Final Filing Deadline: $1,450 (must file by May 31 for the July exam and by December 31 for the February exam)

IL Bar Exam Format

Day One – Tuesday:  A Multistate Performance Test (MPT) Question followed by the Illinois Essay Exam containing 6 essay questions

Day Two – Wednesday: 200-question Multistate Bar Examination divided into two 3-hour sessions

Tested Subjects

State Essay Topics: Administrative Law, Agency, Conflicts of Laws, Commercial Paper, Equity, Corporations, Federal Jurisdiction  & Procedure, Partnership, Family Law, Federal Taxation, Personal Property, Illinois Civil Procedure, Sales, Secured Transactions, Suretyship, Wills, Trusts & Future Interests, Criminal Law & Procedure

Performance Test: Requires applicants to sort detailed relevant facts, analyze statutes and cases for relevant legal principals, apply relevant laws to the relevant facts, identify and resolve ethical dilemmas, and communicate such items effectively in writing.

MBE: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, Contracts/Sales, and Torts

Grading of the Exam

A combined scaled score of 266 or higher is considered a passing score for the Illinois Bar Exam

Pass Rate

The pass rate for first-time takers of the Illinois Bar Examination in February 2014 was 84%; for July 2014 it was 85%.

Virginia Bar Exam

Virginia Board of Bar Examiners
2201 West Broad Street
Suite 101
Richmond, VA 23220
(804)367-0412

http://barexam.virginia.gov

VA Bar Exam Dates

  • July 28 & 29, 2015
  • February 23 & 24, 2016

Fees & Deadlines

All applications must be received by May 10 for the July Exam and by December 15 for the February exam.

  • Exam Fee: $375
  • Character & Fitness Questionnaire: $425
  • Laptop Fee: $125

Exam Format

Day One – Tuesday: 9 essay questions and 10 short answer questions

Day Two – Wednesday: 200-question Multistate Bar Examination divided into two 3-hour sessions

Tested Subjects

Essay & Short Answer: Agency, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Business Organizations, Creditor’s Rights, Criminal Law, Domestic Relations, Equity, Evidence, Federal Practice and Procedure, Local Government Law, Professional Responsibility, Real and Personal Property, Sales, Taxation, Torts, Trusts, Uniform Commercial Code, Virginia Civil and Criminal Procedure, Wills and Estate Administration

MBE: Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, Torts, Civil Procedure

Grading of the Exam

Both parts of the exam are weighted and combined to see if an applicant has achieved an overall passing score. The essay and short answer question portion of the exam is weighted at 60%, while the MBE portion is weighted at 40%. A total scaled score of 140 or higher is considered a passing score on the Virginia Bar Exam.

VA Bar Exam Pass Rate

The pass rate for first-time takers of the Virginia Bar Examination in July 2014 was 73%; for the February 2015 exam it was 67%.

Louisiana Bar Exam

Committee on Bar Admissions
2800 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Suite 310
Metairie, LA 70002
(504)836-2420

www.lascba.org

Exam Dates

  • July 20th, 22nd, & 24th, 2015

Fees & Deadlines

  • Timely Application Fee: $550 (Must apply by Nov 1 for the February Exam, and by Feb 1 for the July Exam)
  • Late Application Fee: An additional $750 (The final application deadline is December 15 for the February Exam, and May 15 for the July Exam)
  • Law Student Registration Fee: $25 (For students who attended an ABA accredited law school in Louisiana; must be done by October 1 prior to exam)
  • Late Law Student Application Fee: $200  (Students who attended an ABA accredited law school and didn’t participate in the Law Student Registration Program)
  • Laptop Fee: $125

Exam Format & Subjects

The Louisiana Bar consists of two parts: Part 1 is a nine-part written examination, and part 2 is the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination

Day One – Monday: Civil Code I, Civil Code II, and Civil Code III

Day Two – Wednesday: La. C.C.P., Torts, and Business Entities & Negotiable Instruments

Day Three – Friday: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Procedure & Evidence, and Federal Jurisdiction & Procedure

Grading of the Exam

The 9 subjects tested on the examination are each worth 100 raw points. Applicants who earn a 650 out of 900 possible points will pass.

LA Bar Exam Pass Rate

The pass rate for first-time takers of the Louisiana Bar Examination in February 2014 was 47%; for July 2014 it was 75%.

 

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^ Practice essay results do not necessarily predict performance on the actual bar exam. Chart shows the average practice essay performance improvement for all Summer 2014 Kaplan students. 20% improvement is measured from first to last practice essay submitted. Individual performance will vary-as with all averages, some students will do better and some worse. Distance from zero to 50 in the chart has been condensed.

+ Scale range 100 to 150 raw score. Scaled scores are typically higher. Practice results do not necessarily predict performance on the actual bar exam. Chart MBE performance grouped by number of questions answered for Summer 2014 Kaplan students. Individual performance will vary-as with all averages, some students will do better and some worse.

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