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District of Columbia Bar Exam


Format, Content, & Grading of the District of Columbia Bar Exam



All data provided below are subject to change by a decision at any time by the District of Columbia bar examiners.  When any changes are made, they will be posted on this site.

The D.C. Bar Exam is a two-day exam -- Tuesday and Wednesday -- with the essays and performance questions on Tuesday and the multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam on Wednesday.

First Day (Tuesday) morning session:  
Three  hours
Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions
For details on the MPT, click here.

First Day (Tuesday) afternoon session: 
Six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions
For details on the MEE, click here.

Second Day (Wednesday) morning session: 
Three hours 
Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
100 Multiple-Choice questions.

Second Day (Wednesday) afternoon session: 
Three hours
Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) 
100 Multiple-Choice questions.

If you took the MBE in another jurisdiction within the prior 25 months, received a scaled score of at least 133, were then admitted to that jurisdiction's bar, you can waive in to the D.C. bar without taking the bar exam.

If you scored at least 133 but were not admitted to that jurisdiction, you must take only the essay portion of the D.C. bar exam.  You must then achieve a score of at least 133 on the essay portion.

In either case, you must have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, and have received a scaled score of at least 75 on the MPRE.

For further details on the MBE, click here.

Subjects Tested by D.C. on the Essays:

Civil Procedure
Commercial Paper
Conflict of Laws
Family Law
Secured Transactions
Trusts & Wills

Grading of the D.C. Bar Exam:

- 50%
- 25%
- 25%

The District generally releases the results of the Summer exam in late November and the results of the Winter exam in late April.

D.C. Bar Exam Details

Admission on Motion 
(i.e., without having to sit for the bar exam)

To be admitted on motion to the D.C. Bar, you must be admitted to the bar of another jurisdiction and be a member in good standing for five years immediately preceding your D.C. application.

For further information, contact:

Committee on Admissions
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
500 Indiana Avenue, N.W.
Room 4200
Washington, D.C. 20001
Telephone: 202-879-2710

Exam Dates, Locations:

Winter 2007
Tuesday and Wednesday, 
February 27 and 28, 2007
D.C. location to be announced.

Summer 2007
Tuesday and Wednesday, 
July 24 and 25, 2007
D.C. location to be announced.

Filing Deadlines and Fees

Filing deadlines and fees are subject to change.  Contact the D.C. Committee on Admissions to learn the rules in effect at the time of your application.

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