NOTE: Bar exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with bar examiner’s office.
2020: February 25 – 26, July 28 – 29
2021: February 23 – 24, July 27 – 28
The District of Columbia Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).
Day 1: Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions in the AM, and six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions in the PM.
Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM).
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW
Washington, DC 20001
A scaled score of 75 on the MPRE is required for admission.
Application must be filed by December 15 for the February exam and by May 3 for the July exam. Late applications may be filed within 15 days from December and May closing dates ($210 late fee).
Filing Fee: $110 plus MBE Fee: $64 plus MEE and MPT Fee: $50 plus NCBE Character Report: $355 for a recent graduate, $500 for attorneys, and $875 for foreign educated or foreign-licensed attorneys
The MBE is weighted 50% the MEE 30%, and the MPT 20%. An applicant taking both the essay portion and the MBE portion of the bar examination is required to achieve a combined scaled score of 266 to pass the examination.
An applicant who received an MBE scaled score of 133 or higher on a prior MBE (taken within 25 months of the present exam) may waive in the MBE score and take only the essay exam. An essay score of 133 will then be required to pass the D.C. exam.
An applicant who received a scaled essay score of 133 or higher on a prior D.C. Bar Exam (taken within 25 months of the present exam) may waive in the essay score and take only the MBE. A scaled MBE score of 133 will then be required to pass the D.C. exam.
An applicant who has been a member of another bar and in good standing for five years immediately preceding application may be admitted without exam.
An applicant may be admitted without exam if applicant received a scaled MBE score of 133 or higher on an exam upon which applicant was admitted in another jurisdiction, achieved a scaled score of 75 or better on MPRE, and has a J.D. or LL.B. from an ABA accredited law school.
An applicant may be eligible for admission without examination if the applicant has achieved a scaled score of 266 or higher in another UBE jurisdiction. The passing UBE scaled score must be achieved no more than 5 years before the filing of the application.
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