North Carolina Bar Exam Information

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North Carolina Bar Exam Format

Overview

The North Carolina Bar Exam is administered over two days. The examiners have adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (“UBE”).

Day 1

The written portion of the exam is administered on the first day of the North Carolina bar exam. The written portion of the bar exam consists of the Multistate Performance Test (“MPT”) and the Multistate Essay Exam (“MEE”). You will have three hours to answer two MPT questions. You will have three hours to answer the six MEE questions.

Day 2

The Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”) is administered on the second day of the North Carolina 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.

North Carolina State Component

In addition to passing the North Carolina bar exam, an applicant for admission must take an online course, administered by the NC bar examiners, covering NC law. The course contains video presentations for several legal subjects and corresponding quiz questions.

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

Exam Dates

  • July 30-31, 2019
  • February 25-26, 2020
  • July 28-29, 2020
  • February 23-24, 2021

North Carolina Bar Admissions

Board of Law Examiners of the State of North Carolina
5510 Six Forks Road, Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27609

North Carolina MPRE Score Requirement

North Carolina requires bar exam applicants to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (“MPRE”). You must score 80 or higher on the MPRE in order to pass in North Carolina.

Scoring/Grading and Results

In order to pass the North Carolina bar exam, you must score at least 270 out of 400. This equates to 135, based on the MBE’s 200-point scale. The scores of the North Carolina UBE sections are weighted as follows: MEE 30%, MPT 20%, and MBE 50%. North Carolina makes bar exam results available approximately five to six weeks after the exam.

Reciprocity

Generally, an attorney of a reciprocating state bar has North Carolina bar exam reciprocity if the attorney has actually practiced law within the reciprocating state for at least four of the past six years.  North Carolina will also accept a transferred UBE score of 270 within 3 years after the score was attained.

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North Carolina Bar Exam Subjects

North Carolina Essay Subjects

  • Business Associations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Trusts, Wills, and Estates
  • UCC Article 2 – Secured Transactions
  • All MBE Subjects

MBE Subjects

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

Exam DateFirstRepeatTotal
July 201772%36%62%
February 201745%32%37%
July 201666%27%57%
February 201651%37%43%
July 201567%25%58%
February 201555%34%43%
July 201471%23%62%
February 201464%51%56%
July 201371%23%63%
February 201362%36%49%

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