New Jersey Bar Examination (UBE)

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: February 25 – 26, July 28 – 29

2021: February 23 – 24, July 27 – 28

The New Jersey 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).

New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners

Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex
25 W. Market Street
8th Floor, North Wing
Trenton, NJ 08611

Phone: (609) 984-2111

Fax: (609) 984-6859

Email: barexam.mailbox@judiciary.state.nj.us

Web: www.njbarexams.org

Bar Exam Location

Atlantic City
Atlantic City Convention Center
1 Convention Blvd.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Somerset
Hotel Somerset – Bridgewater
110 Davidson Ave
Somerset, NJ 08873

Somerset
Garden State Convention Center
50 Atrium Dr.
Somerset, NJ 08873

Subjects Tested

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Business Associations (Agency, Partnerships, Corporations, Limited Liability Companies)
  • Conflicts of Law
  • Family Law
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Secured Transactions (Article 9 of Uniform Commercial Code)
  • Plus, all MBE Subjects
Multistate Performance Test “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

A scaled score of 75 on the MPRE or a grade of “C-” in a Professional Responsibility course in law school is required for admission.

Filing Deadlines and Fees

Filing Deadline for Character Questionnaire and Fee Schedule: May download application from Bar Examiners website beginning October 1 for the February exam and March 1 for the July exam.

For the Feb. exam, application must be submitted by October 31 ($675) November 15 ($950) November 30 ($1,200)

For the July exam, application must be submitted by March 31 ($675) April 15 ($950) April 30 ($1,200) If a deadline falls on a Sunday or a holiday, the application must be postmarked the following day.

Exam Fee: “Rolling fee” increasing from $675 to $1,200 depending upon date of application – fees are subject to change. Please visit NJ Bar Examiner’s website for more details.

Scoring

The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE, with the MBE weighted 50%, the MEE 30% and the MPT 20%. The scores are combined to determine if the applicant has achieved a passing score of 266.

Additional Requirements

Mandatory CLE is required for every active New Jersey attorney. Visit njicle.com for additional information.

Reciprocity

Admission on Motion

Lawyers who have been admitted by bar exam to practice in a jurisdiction that extends reciprocity to New Jersey lawyers, graduated from an ABA approved school, been primarily engaged in the practice of law for five of the seven years preceding the Motion for Admission, and achieved a satisfactory MPRE score prior to the Motion for Admission, may be admitted to the New Jersey Bar on motion without examination.

Admission by UBE

An applicant may transfer a UBE score of 266 or higher for admittance to the New Jersey Bar. The score must have been earned no more than 36 months prior to submitting a completed application to New Jersey and the applicant must satisfy all other requirements for admission to the New Jersey Bar. Application fees apply.

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