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New Jersey Bar Exam


Format, Content, & Grading of the New Jersey  Bar Exam



All data provided below are subject to change by a decision at any time by the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners.  When any changes are made, they will be posted on this site.

The New Jersey Bar Exam is a two-day exam -- Wednesday and Thursday -- with the multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam on Wednesday and seven essays on Thursday.

First Day (Wednesday) morning session: 
3 hours (from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon).
Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) 
100 Multiple-Choice questions

First Day (Wednesday) afternoon session: 
3 hours (from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 
Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) 
100 Multiple-Choice questions

For details on the MBE, click here.

Second Day (Thursday):  

Seven Essay Questions
(testing principally the six MBE subjects)

If you take two bar exams at the same time (local in another state, such as Pennsylvania or New York, on Tuesday, the MBE in either state on Wednesday, the essay/MPT day in New Jersey on Thursday), New Jersey will accept the score of the MBE taken in either state.  

Check to see if your other state has the same policy on accepting the MBE.  If not, be certain to take the MBE in the other state, so that it will apply to both jurisdictions.

Subjects Tested 
On the
Essay Portion:

Constitutional Law
Criminal Law/Procedure
Real Property

Grading of the New Jersey Bar Exam:

The New Jersey Bar Exam is weighed as follows:

Seven Essay Questions -- 50%
Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)  -- 50%

The scores are combined.  
The New Jersey results are generally released in mid to late November for the Summer exam, and in early May for the Winter exam.

*MPRE -- New Jersey requires EITHER a scaled score of 75 on the MPRE or at least a C in a law school PR course.


New Jersey Bar Exam Details

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

Only qualifying law school professors are eligible for admission on motion.  

All others must take and pass the New Jersey Bar Exam.

Mandatory CLE

After admission to the Bar, New Jersey attorneys must complete a Skills and Methods course. For details, call 732-214-8500, or click here.


For further information, contact:

New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners
25 Market Street
8th Floor - North Wing CN-973
Trenton, NJ 08625
Telephone: 609-984-7783


Exam Dates, Locations

Winter 2007
Wednesday and Thursday, 
February 28 & March 1, 2007
Locations to be announced

Summer 2007
Wednesday and Thursday, 
July 25 & 26, 2007
Locations to be announced

Future Dates: 
February 27 & 28, 2008
July 30 & 31, 2008

Filing Deadlines and Fees:

Application may be obtained by calling the Board of Bar Examiners at 609-984-7783 between September 1 and November 30 for the Winter exam and between February 1 and April 30 for the Summer exam. 

Your filing deadline will be indicated by the Board.

Fees for the New Jersey Bar Exam range from $500 to $700, depending upon the date of your application.  
You will also have to pay a fee for fingerprinting.

Filing deadlines and fees are subject to change.  Contact the
New Jersey Bar Examiners to learn the rules in effect at the time of your application.

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