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State Bar Exam Information: Alabama-Kentucky

This guide is to serve as a directory, containing information regarding the State Bar Examination of each state.

Alabama

Alabama State Bar
P.O. Box 671
Montgomery, AL 36101
334-269-1515
www.alabar.org

Dates and location: Administered on the last Monday, Tuesday in February and July in Montgomery, AL.

Bar Exam Location

Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC)

2100 Richard Arrington Bullevard North

Birmingham, Alabama 35203

https://www.bjcc.org/ ;  

For a list of nearby hotels, visit https://www.bjcc.org/accommodations.php.

Exam Dates

February 2020 February 25-26, 2020

July 2020July 28-29, 2020

Applications must be filed online.  Exam components: The Alabama bar exam is a two–day exam consisting of the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).

Rules Governing Admission to the Alabama State Bar:  https://admissions.alabar.org

Other than the version found on this webpage, the Alabama State Bar does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any version of the Rules Governing Admission to the Alabama State Bar.  For questions about the most updated version of the rules, please contact the Admissions Office at (334) 269-1515.

 

Alaska

Alaska Bar Association
P.O. Box 100279
Anchorage, AK 99510
phone: 907-272-7469
fax: 907-272-2932
email: info@alaskabar.org  
www.alaskabar.org

Dates and locations:  (UBE administered effective July 20, 2014.) in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau.  Two day exam administered during the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July.

Exam Dates

February 25 & 26, 2020 - Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)

July 28 & 29, 2020 - Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)

Application Deadlines and Fees

Please be sure to visit the Bar Exam Information page for complete application instructions.

Exam components: The Alaska bar exam is a two–day exam consisting of the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).
MPRE: Scaled score of 80 required.

Arizona

Committee on Examinations
Supreme Court of Arizona
1501 W. Washington, Suite 104
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-452-3971
attorneyadmissions@courts.az.gov

Dates and location: Two day exam;  Administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July;  Location:  Phoenix, Arizona.  The Arizona Supreme Court has adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE).

2020 Bar Examination Dates

Tuesday – Wednesday                February 25-26, 2020

Tuesday – Wednesday                July 28-29, 2020

There are three paths for admission to the practice of law in the state of Arizona.

Exam components: 2-day exam: 1 day of 6 essays and 2 MPTs, 1 day MBE.
MPRE: Scaled score of 85 required, dated within 2 years prior to successful Arizona bar exam or after exam within time frame for admission to practice.

Arkansas

Arkansas State Board of Law Examiners
Attn:  Executive Secretary
120 Justice Building
625 Marshall Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
501-682-9400​

Website: https://www.arcourts.gov/administration/professional-programs/bar-exam

Dates and location: Two day examination; Administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July.  Applicants will be notified of the exact location preceding each exam.

Exam Dates:

2020  February 25 and 26, 2020 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.  

Exam components: 2-day exam: 1 day MBE, 1 day MPT and MEE.

MPRE: Scaled score of 85 required.

California

Office of Admissions
State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105 ​

San Francisco Telephone: (415) 538-2300

Los Angeles Telephone: (213) 765-1500

Fax: (415) 538-2304

https://admissions.calbar.ca.gov

 

Dates and location:  Administered on the last Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday of February and July in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco/Oakland Bay area and Sacremento.  

 
California Bar Examination (CBX)     February 2020 CBX February 25- 26, 2020; June 2020 FYLSX June 23, 2020
 
First-Year Law Students' Examination (FYLSX)     July 2020 CBX July 28-29, 2020;   October 2020 FYLSX Oct. 27, 2020
 

Deadline and fees: Follow live link for Admission requirements.

Exam components: 3-day exam: 2 days of essay questions and performance test, 1 day MBE.
MPRE: Scaled score of 86 required.

Colorado

Colorado Supreme Court
Office of Attorney Admissions
1300 Broadway, Suite 520
Denver, CO 80203
303-928-7770
www.coloradosupremecourt.us

E-mail: information@lawexaminers.state.co.us

Dates and location: Two day exam;  Administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July.  Site:  Denver, CO. 

Exam Dates

 

2020 Bar Examination

Tuesday – Wednesday, February 25-26, 2020

Tuesday – Wednesday, July 28-29, 2020

Deadline and fees:  See Live Link for detailed information.

Exam components: 2-day exam: 1 day MEE and MPT, 1 day MBE.  Colorado adopted the UBE, November, 2011.
MPRE: Scaled score of 85 required.

Connecticut

Connecticut Bar Examination
100 Washington Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06106-4411
Telephone: 860-706-5135
Hearing and speech-impaired applicants: 711 or 1-800-842-9710

E-mail the Bar Examining Committee
Office Hours: Monday-Friday  8:30am-4:30pm*
*except state holidays
860-706-5135
www.jud.ct.gov/cbec

Dates and location:  Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July; Winter and Summer location: CT Convention Center, Hartford, CT.

  • February  25-26, 2020 Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT
    July 28-29, 2020 Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT
     
    February 23-24, 2021 Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT
    July 27-28, 2021 Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT
     
    February 22-23, 2022 Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT
    July 26-27, 2022 Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT

Deadline and fees:  Use live link for current information.

Exam components: 2-day exam: 1 day MBE, 1 day of MEE and state essays.

MPRE: Scaled score of 80 required. (within 4 years before or 1 year after filing application)

Delaware

Board of Bar Examiners of the Supreme Court of Deleware
Carvel State Building
820 N. French Street, 11th Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801
302-577-7038;  302-577-7037 Fax
courts.delaware.gov/bbe

Dates and location:  Three day exam Administered on the last Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in July in Wilmington, DE.  Delaware does not administer a February exam.

The Delaware Bar Examination will be administered at Widener School of Law, 4601 Concord Pike, Wilmington, Delaware. 

Exam Dates:  2020    Monday - Wednesday, July 27 - 29, 2020

Deadline and fees: April 1, $700.  Late fee: $700 by May 15.  For most recent information see live link listed above.

Exam components: 2 1/2-day exam - Administered on the last Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday in July *Delaware does not administer a February Exam: 1 day of essays, ½ day MPT, 1 day MBE.
MPRE: Scaled score of 85 required.

District of Columbia

Committee on Admissions
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
430 E Street N.W., Room 123
Washington, DC 20001
202-879-2710
www.dccourts.gov ;  http://www.dccourts.gov/internet/appellate/admincommittee/main.jsf

Dates and location:  Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July in Washington, D.C.

Exam Dates:

2020:     February 25-26, 2020 ;  July 28-29, 2020

2021:     February 23-24, 2021 ;  July 27-28, 2021

Standard Administration – February 25-26, 2020 
Non-standard administration – February 25-28 (depending upon accommodation)

Standard Administration – July 28-29, 2020 
Non-standard administration – To Be Announced

Deadline and fees:  Applications must be filed by December 15th for the February exam and by May 3rd for the July exam., $100 exam fee. Late fee: $200 by May 18. Fees subject to change.  Use live link for most current information.

Exam components: 2-day exam; 1 day MPT and MEE, 1 day MBE.

Washington DC Bar Exam Format - The Washington DC 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 Washington DC 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 Washington DC 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


MPRE: Scaled score of 75 required.

Florida

Florida Board of Bar Examiners
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399
850-487-1292
www.floridabarexam.org

Dates and location:  Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July in Tampa, FL.

This notice is being issued in September 2019 and supersedes all previous announcements on this subject.

General Bar
Examination Schedule

Examination Location

Timely Filing
Deadline

$325 Late Fee
Deadline

$625 Late Fee
Deadline

February 25-26, 2020
(Tuesday & Wednesday)

Tampa Convention Center
333 South Franklin St.
Tampa FL

Postmarked on or before
November 15, 2019

Postmarked on or before
December 16, 2019

Received by
January 15, 2020

July 28-29, 2020
(Tuesday & Wednesday)

Tampa Convention Center
333 South Franklin St.
Tampa FL

Postmarked on or before
May 1, 2020

Postmarked on or before
June 1, 2020

Received by
June 15, 2020

Exam components: 2-day exam; 1 day of essays and multiple-choice questions, 1 day MBE.

MPRE: Scaled score of 80 required.

Georgia

Supreme Court of Georgia
Office of Bar Admissions
244 Washington Street S.W., Suite 440
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-656-3490
https://www.gabaradmissions.org ; https://www.gabaradmissions.org/home

The Office of Bar Admissions Is Moving!  Effective December 8, 2019
New Address: 

Supreme Court of Georgia

Office of Bar Admissions
Nathan Deal Judicial Center
330 Capital Avenue, SE
Suite L200
Atlanta, GA  30334
Phone number will remain the same, (404) 656-3490

https://www.gabaradmissions.org ; https://www.gabaradmissions.org/home

Dates and location: Two day exam administered in Atlanta on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July.

Dates: Feb 25-26, 2020     Location: College Park, GA
 

Deadline and fees:  Use live link for current information.

Hawaii

Office of the Clerk
Supreme Court of Hawaii
Ali’iolani Hale
417 S. King Street, Room 103
Honolulu, HI 96813
808-539-4977
email: baradmissions@courts.hawaii.gov
www.courts.state.hi.us

Dates and location:  Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July in Honolulu, HI.

2020   February 25 – 26, 2020.  Location:  TBA

Deadline and fees: If you want to sit for the: February examination, the application must be submitted by November 1; July examination, the application must be submitted by April 1.  $500 application fee, NCBE character report fee ranging from $150–$600. No late applications accepted. Fees subject to change.

Fees: Effective February 2014, the bar examination fee will be $500.00; Required to pay fee to the National Conference of Bar Examiners on completion/submission of your NCBE HAWAII Character and Fitness Application; A laptop user fee will be assessed by ExamSoft.

Help Line: Please direct all electronic Bar Application questions to the SCCO (Supreme Court Clerks Office) help line at 808. 539-4789, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. HST. For other general questions regarding the Bar Application, please email: <baradmissions@courts.hawaii.gov> or call the Board of Examiners Office at 808. 539-4977.

Exam components: 2-day exam: 1 day MEE and MPT, 1 day MBE.

MPRE: Scaled score of 85 required obtained no earlier than 2 years or 1 year after from the date applicant sits for exam.

Idaho

Idaho State Bar
525 West Jefferson 
Boise, ID 83702
208-334-4500
http://isb.idaho.gov

The Bar Exam is given twice a year, the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July.  Deadlines for timely filing are October 1 for the February exam and March 1 for the July exam.  Late deadlines are November 15 for the February exam and April 15 for the July exam.

Dates and locations: 

Exam Dates:

February 2020     February 25 - 26, 2020 – Boise, Idaho   

Location:             Springhill Suites by Marriott   424 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, ID

July 2020            July 28 - 29, 2020 – Boise, Idaho / Moscow, Idaho   

Location:            Concordia University School of Law   501 W. Front Street, Boise, ID;  and

                             University of Idaho College of Law   711 S. Rayburn Drive, Moscow, ID

Exam components: 2-day exam: 1 day of 6 MEEs and 2 MPTs, 1 day MBE.

MPRE: Scaled score of 85 required.

Illinois

Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar
625 S. College Street
Springfield, IL 62704
217-522-5917

https://www.ilbaradmissions.org

Dates and location:  Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July in Chicago, IL.

The exams are offered twice a year on the last consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July.

2020    February 25-26, 2020 ;  July 28-29, 2020

Deadline and fees:  For current filing procedures and fees use live link.

Exam components: 2-day exam: 1 day of state essays, MPT, and MEE, 1 day MBE. Components subject to change.

Illinois Bar Exam Format

Information & Applications 

Applicants for admission to the Illinois bar may qualify on examination. Beginning in July 2019, the Illinois bar examination will be administered in two separate types of examinations as described below. 

UBE Score vs Non-UBE Score

  • The UBE (Uniform Bar Examination) includes all components: Multistate Performance Test ( MPT) - two 90-min items), Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) - six essays, 3 hours, and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) - 200 multiple-choice, 6 hours. The UBE results in a portable score. Please read the FAQ regarding the UBE here. FAQ:UBE
  • MBE transfer applicants take the essay components only: Multistate Performance Test ( MPT) - two 90-min items), Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) - six essays, 3 hours. These applicants are transferring an MBE score earned from a previously passed exam in another jurisdiction. These MBE transfer applicants do not earn a portable score. Please read the FAQ here. FAQ

Illinois Supreme Court Rule 704 sets forth the requirements for qualification on examination. See Rule 704.

The Illinois bar exams are administered at various venues in Chicago. The February bar exam will be held at the University of Illinois of Chicago Forum (UIC Forum) located at 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago 60608. The July bar exam venue(s) are announced prior to the July exam.

MPRE: Scaled score of 80 required.

Indiana

State Board of Law Examiners
30 S. Meridian Street, Suite 875
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-232-2552
www.in.gov/judiciary/ble

Dates and location:  Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July.

February 2020

Examination Dates and Location:
Tuesday, February 25, 2020, ,502 East Event Center
Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 502 E Carmel Dr., Carmel, IN

Testing Accommodations applications will test at the Board of Law Examiners Offices, 251 N. Illinois Street, Suite 500, Indianapolis, IN 46204

MPRE: Scaled score of 80 required.

Iowa

Office of Professional Regulation
Iowa Judicial Branch Building
1111 E. Court Avenue, Second Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319
515-725-8029
www.iowacourts.gov

Dates and location:  Three day process, Monday mandatory orientation; Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July in Des Moines.

The application deadline for the 2020 February Bar Examination is November 1, 2019.

  • The 2020 February Bar Examination will be held on February 24 - 26, 2020 at the Hy-Vee Hall at Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.  More information and a more detailed schedule can be found here
  • The 2020 July Bar Examination will be held on July 27 - 29, 2020 at the Holiday Inn Des Moines/Airport Conference Center.
Deadline and fees:  Law Student Registration Fee: $40.00; Late: $150.00; Filed by the January 15 registration deadline, but is filed by July 1 immediately preceding the February examination or by December 1 immediately preceding the July examination) Late Late Law Student Registration Fee: $250.00  (If not filed by within the above deadlines but filed by November 1 immediately preceding the February examination or by April 1 immediately preceding the July examination). All checks should be made payable to "Board of Law Examiners."

Exam components: 2-day exam: ½ day MPT, ½ day MEE, 1 day MBE.

MPRE: Scaled score of 80 required.

Kansas

Attorney Admissions
Kansas Judicial Center
301 S.W. 10th Avenue, Room 374
Topeka, KS 66612
785-296-8410
www.kscourts.org

Dates and location:  Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July in Topeka, KS.

2019    July 30 – 31, 2019

Deadline and fees:  Timely filed applications are October 1st for a February examination and March 1st for a July examination. The filing fee for timely filed applications is $400. The late deadlines for applications are November 1st for a February examination and April 1st for a July examination. The filing fee for applications submitted after the timely deadline is $600. Only complete applications will be accepted and should include all required documents, including the character and fitness forms and a completed Kansas fingerprint packet.

Exam components: 2-day exam: 1 day of 16 state essays, 1 day MBE.

MPRE: Scaled score of 80 required.

Kentucky

Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions
1510 Newtown Pike, Suite 156
Lexington, KY 40511
859-246-2381
www.kyoba.org

Dates and location:  Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July in Louisville, KY.

2019:  July 30-31, 2019

Deadline and fees: 

Filing Deadline February Exam July Exam Non-Attorney Attorney
Regular Filing October 1 February 1 $625

$775

Late Filing November 10 March 10 $825

$975

Extended Late December 10 May 10 $1,025

$1,175


Exam components: 2-day exam: 1 day MEE and state essays, 1 day MBE.

MPRE: Scaled score of 75 required.

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