Delaware Bar Examination

2020 Bar Exam Information

NOTE: Bar exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with bar examiner’s office.

BAR EXAM DATES AND FORMAT

2020: July 27 – 29

2021: July 26 – 28

The Delaware Bar Exam is a 2 ½ day exam held Monday – Wednesday. Delaware does not administer a February exam.

Day 1: Four 45-minute Delaware Essay Exam questions in the AM and four in the PM.

Day 2: Half day including two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions.

Day 3: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM).

Delaware Board of Bar Examiners

Supreme Court of Delaware
The Renaissance Centre
405 North King Street, Suite 420
Wilmington, DE 19801

Phone: (302) 651-3940

Web: https://courts.delaware.gov/bbe/

Bar Exam Location

Widener University School of Law Delaware
4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803

Subjects Tested

Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

Delaware Essay Subjects

Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

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

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam

A scaled score of 85 is required on the MPRE.

Filing Deadlines and Fees

Application must be filed electronically on forms provided by the Board. Timely application is April 1, and applications will be accepted until May 1st with increased fees.

APPLICATIONS FILED ON OR BEFORE APRIL 1:
Not Yet Admitted in Another Jurisdiction: $700
Admitted in Another Jurisdiction: $800

APPLICATIONS FILED AFTER APRIL 1 BUT ON OR BEFORE MAY 1:
Not Yet Admitted in Another Jurisdiction: $1,400
Admitted in Another Jurisdiction: $1,600

Scoring

A minimum combined scaled score of 145 (out of a possible 200 points) is required to pass. The scaled written score is weighted 60% and the scaled MBE score is weighted 40%.

Additional Requirements

In Delaware, students must also complete a clerkship of five months for admission.

Clerkship Requirement:
To become licensed in Delaware, all applicants must complete a five-month clerkship in Delaware, under the supervision of a qualified Delaware attorney who must certify the clerkship has been completed. The five-month requirement constitutes 21 forty-hour work weeks and may be aggregated. Applicants can initiate the clerkship process while they are still enrolled in law school. There is a checklist of mandatory legal activities and tasks to be completed during the clerkship, which is available from the Delaware Board of Bar Examiners’ website.

State and Federal Background Checks
Students must undergo both a state and federal background check, which should be started as early as possible, as they can take up to 12 weeks to complete.

Reciprocity

Admission on Motion

Delaware does not provide for admission on motion. Examination is required of all applicants.

Acceptance of MBE Score

Delaware does not accept an MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction.

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