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Vermont Bar Exam


Format, Content, & Grading of the Vermont Bar Exam



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

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

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

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

Vermont will accept your MBE scaled score from another jurisdiction if you scored at least 135 on an exam taken within the prior five years.

For further details on the MBE, click here.

Second Day (Thursday):  
Six Vermont Essay Questions

Subjects Tested on the Vermont Bar Exam:

MBE Subjects
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law/Procedure
Real Property

Vermont Essay Subjects
Administrative Law
Commercial Paper
Family Law
Legal Ethics
Personal Property
Secured Transactions
Vermont Practice & Procedure
Plus the six MBE subjects

Grading of the Vermont Bar Exam:

You must pass BOTH parts of the Vermont Bar Exam.

You need a scaled score of 135 on the MBE, and either a raw score of  36 (out of a possible 60) on the essays, or a scaled score of 135 on the essays. 

If you don't receive 135 points on either part you can use one-half of up to ten excess points from the other part in order to obtain the requisite 135. 

Vermont generally releases the results of the bar exam eight weeks after the exam. 

Vermont Bar Exam Details

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

To be admitted to the Vermont bar on motion, you must be admitted to the bar of another jurisdiction and must have practiced law for five of  the past 10 years (or the reciprocal jurisdiction's time period if three years or more).

For further information, contact:

Board of Bar Examiners
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-0702
Telephone: 802-828-3281

Exam Dates:

Winter 2007
Tuesday and Wednesday, 
February 27 & 28, 2007

Summer 2007
Tuesday and Wednesday, 
July 24 & 25, 2007

Filing Deadlines and Fees:

You must apply by May 1 for the Summer bar exam, or by December 1 for the Winter exam.

Also, you must complete all work required for graduation in order to sit for the Vermont Bar Exam.

Vermont Clerkship
Vermont requires a six-month study with a  Vermont attorney,  or three months if you have practiced law in another jurisdiction.

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

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