South Carolina Bar Exam Info

South Carolina Bar Exam Information

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South Carolina Bar Exam Format

Overview

The South 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 South 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 South 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.

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

Exam Dates

  • February 23-24, 2021
  • July 27-28, 2021
  • February 25-26, 2022
  • July 26-27, 2022

South Carolina Bar Admissions

South Carolina Supreme Court
Board of Law Examiners
1231 Gervais St.
P.O. Box 11330
Columbia, SC 29211

South Carolina MPRE Score Requirement

South Carolina requires bar exam applicants to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (“MPRE”). You must score 77 or higher on the MPRE in order to pass in South Carolina.

Scoring/Grading and Results

To pass the South Carolina bar exam, you must score at least 266 on a 400-point scale. The Multistate Essay Exam (“MEE”) and Multistate Performance Test (“MPT”) scores are scaled to the Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”) and combined with the MBE score. South Carolina releases the February Bar Exam results in late April, and the July exam results in late September.

Reciprocity

If you fulfill several other, detailed requirements and are the Dean or a tenured professor of the Charleston School of Law or the University of South Carolina School of Law, then you may obtain admission to the South Carolina Bar without having to take the South Carolina Bar Exam, the MPRE, and the South Carolina Bar’s Course of Study on South Carolina Law. South Carolina will accept a transferred UBE score of 266 within 3 years after the UBE at which that score was attained.

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Regent Law School

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Thomas Cooley Law School

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South Carolina Bar Exam Statewide Pass Rates

Exam DateFirstRepeatTotal
July 201974%35%68%
February 201977%48%64%
July 201873%28%64%
February 201869%32%55%
July 201773%42%68%
February 201768%48%61%
July 201674%39%67%
February 201665%42%57%
July 201575%50%72%
February 201568%57%63%

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