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 North Carolina Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).
Day 1: Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE in the AM) and two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT 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).
North Carolina State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27607
The McKimmon Conference & Training Center at North Carolina State University
1101 Gorman St.
Raleigh, NC 27606
To be admitted, a scaled score of 80 is required on the MPRE within 24 months before, or 12 months after, sitting for the bar exam.
Applications must be filed by the first Tuesday in October for the February exam and by the first Tuesday in January for the July exam. Fees are $850 if not a licensed attorney, $1,650 if current or former licensed attorney. Late filing deadlines are first Tuesday in November for the February exam and first Tuesday in March for the July exam (late filing fee is an additional $250). UBE transfer application fee $1500. Contact bar examiners for details.
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 270.
North Carolina does not accept an MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction.
An attorney may be admitted without exam from states admitting attorneys from North Carolina without exam. Application must be on file with the board no less than six months prior to consideration of application. Applicant must have actively practiced law four of six years immediately preceding the filing of the application and have passed the MPRE. Admission on motion fee is $2,000. Contact bar examiners for more information.
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