Maryland Bar Exam Information

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Maryland Bar Exam Format

Overview

The Maryland Bar Exam is administered over two days.

Day 1

The written portion of the exam is administered on the first day of the Maryland bar exam. The written portion of the bar exam consists of the Maryland essay questions and the Multistate Performance Test (“MPT”). You will have three hours to answer one MPT question and three Maryland essay questions. You will have three hours to answer seven Maryland essay questions.

Day 2

The Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”) is administered on the second day of the Maryland bar exam. The MBE is a multiple-choice test containing 200 questions. The MBE is split into a morning and afternoon session. Each session consists of 100 questions. You have three hours to complete each session.

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  1. Maryland Bar Review Course – AmeriBar has been helping students pass the Maryland bar exam for over 15 years.
  2. MarylandBarExam.com – Detailed Information and resources for Maryland bar exam takers.
  3. MBEQuestionBank.com  – Online question bank with over 2500 simulated MBE questions.

Exam Dates

  • February 26 – 27. 2019
  • July 30 – 31, 2019
  • February 25 – 26. 2020

Maryland Bar Admissions

Maryland State Board of Law Examiners
2011-F Commerce Park Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401

Maryland MPRE Score Requirement

Maryland requires bar exam applicants to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (“MPRE”). You must score 0 or higher on the MPRE in order to pass in Maryland.

Scoring/Grading and Results

In order to pass the Maryland bar exam, you must score at least 406 on a 600-point scale. The scores of the exam sections are weighted as follows: written portion 67% and MBE 33%. Maryland releases the February bar exam results in early May, and the July bar exam results in early November.

Reciprocity

To practice law in Maryland, you must pass either the Maryland bar exam or the Attorney Exam.

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Maryland Bar Exam Subjects

Maryland Essay Subjects

  • Agency & Partnerships
  • Business Associations
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Corporations
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Maryland Civil Procedure
  • Professional Conduct
  • Property
  • Torts

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts and Sales
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Property
  • Torts
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Maryland Bar Exam Statewide Pass Rates

Exam DateFirstRepeatTotal
July 201671%28%63%
February 201667%42%53%
July 201569%26%63%
February 201547%47%47%
July 201477%30%72%
February 201471%51%60%
July 201383%40%78%
February 201371%53%63%
July 201281%41%76%
February 201267%42%55%

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