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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

Montgomery Convention Center, 201 Tallapoosa Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Exam Dates

2018          February 27 – 28, 2018  ;  July 24 – 25, 2018

2019         February 26 – 27, 2019  ;   July 30 – 31, 2019

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

2018          February 27 – 28, 2018  ;  July 24 – 25, 2018

2019          February 26 – 27, 2019  ;  July 30 – 31, 2019

Application Deadlines and Fees:  Applications must be submitted electronically by these dates:

February Bar Exam:  December 1, 2017 - $800 (no late fee);  December 15, 2017 - $825 ($25 late fee);
January 15, 2018 - $900 ($100 late fee).  Re-applicants from February/July 2017;  January 15, 2018 - $500 (no late fee).

Reapplicants from the July 2016/February 2017 exam
June 15, 2017 - $500 (no late fee)

Application Deadlines and Fees

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

Exam components: The Alabama 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).

Exam Dates

2018   February 27 – 28, 2018 ; July 24 – 25, 2018
2019   February 26 – 27, 2019 ; July 30 – 31, 2019

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: http://courts.state.ar.us/opp/bar_admission.cfm

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:

2018   February 27 – 28, 2018 ; July 24 – 25, 2018
2019   February 26 – 27, 2019 ; July 30 – 31, 2019

The application for the February 2018 Arkansas Bar Exam will be placed online during September 2017.

The following information is available online:  Arkansas Bar Examination;  State Board of Law Examiners;  Requirements and Information;  Admission by Examination;  Admission on Motion;  Continuing Legal Education.  See Link.

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

http://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.  

Dates and Deadlines
Sept. 15, 2017 Last day to register for October 2017 First-Year Law Students Exam
Oct. 24, 2017 First-Year Law Students Exam
Jan. 16, 2018 Last day to register for February 2018 California Bar Exam
 
Bar Exam:  
2018   February 27 – 28, 2018 ; July 24 – 25, 2018
2019   February 26 – 27, 2019 ; July 30 – 31, 2019

 

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

2018   February 27 – 28, 2018 ; July 24 – 25, 2018
2019   February 26 – 27, 2019 ; July 30 – 31, 2019

Sept. 1 Application filing period opens for February 2018 bar exam;  Nov. 1 Application deadline for February 2018 bar exam;  ​ 

Dec. 1 LATE application deadline for February 2018 bar exam

July 24-25 July 2018 bar exam

April 1 Application deadline for July 2018 bar exam;  May 1 LATE application deadline for July 2018 bar exam

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 27-28, 2018   CT Convention Center in Hartford
  • July 24-25,  2018   CT Convention Center in Hartford
  • February 26-27, 2019   CT Convention Center in Hartford
  • July 30-31, 2019     CT Convention Center in Hartford

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:   2018   July 23-25, 2018  ;  2019    July 30 – 31, and August 1, 2019

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:  

2018  February 27 – 28, 2018 ; July 24 – 25, 2018  

2019  February 26 – 27, 2019  ;  July 30 – 31, 2019

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.

General Bar 
Examination Schedule
Examination Location
Timely Filing 
Deadline
$325 Late Fee 
Deadline
$625 Late Fee 
Deadline
February 27-28, 2018 
(Tuesday & Wednesday)
Tampa Convention Center 
333 South Franklin St. 
Tampa FL
Postmarked on or before 
November 15, 2017
Postmarked on or before 
December 15, 2017
Received by 
January 15, 2018
July 24-25, 2018
(Tuesday & Wednesday)
Tampa Convention Center
333 South Franklin St.
Tampa FL
Postmarked on or before
May 1, 2018
Postmarked on or before
June 1, 2018
Received by
June 15, 2018

Exam Dates:  2019     February 26 – 27, 2019  ;  July 30 – 31, 2019

$600 application fee if law student registration filed, $1,000 application fee if registration not filed. See Rule 4-43 on website for late fees and filing deadlines.  Timely: Postmarked on or before, February Exam: November 15; July Exam: May 1

SCHEDULE OF FILING DEADLINES & LATE FEES
Late Fee
Determined by
February Exam
July Exam
Timely
Postmarked on or before
November 15
May 1
$325
Postmarked on or before
December 15
June 1
$625
Received by
January 15
June 15

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

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

2018: February 27-28, 2018; July 24-25, 2018;      2019: February 26-27, 2019; July 30-31, 2019    Location: Atlanta, GA

The Georgia Bar Exam is administered over two days.
Day 1- The written portion of the exam is administered on the first day of the Georgia bar exam. The written portion of the bar exam consists of the Multistate Performance Test (“MPT”) and the Georgia essay questions. You will have three hours to answer the two MPT questions. You will have three hours to answer four Georgia essay questions.
Day 2 - The Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”) is administered on the second day of the Georgia 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.  Exam Dates:  February 27 – 28, 2018; July 24 – 25, 2018; February 26 – 27, 2019

Fitness Application Filing Deadlines

Regular Fitness Application Filing Period closes at 4:00 p.m.

February 27-28, 2018      March 20, 2017 - July 5, 2017                      *July 5, 2017 - *October 4, 2017

July 24-25, 2018               October 9, 2017 - December 6, 2017          *December 6, 2017 - *March 7, 2018

February 26-27, 2019      March 19, 2018 - July 5, 2018                      *July 5, 2018 - *October 3, 2018

July 30-31, 2019                October 8, 2018 - December 5, 2018        *December 5, 2018 - *March 6, 2019

See Part A, Section 4 of the Rules Governing Admission to the Practice of Law. See Part A, Section 4(b) of the Rules.

*Final Fitness Application Filing Period *$400 LATE FEE REQUIRED opens at 4:01 p.m.

Bar Exam Application Filing Date

$500 filing fee. Late fee: $400; $350 exam fee. Late fee: $200 within 30 days of deadline. $100 fee to use laptop.

Exam components: 2-day exam: 1 day of 4 essays and 2 MPTs, 1 day MBE.

MPRE: Scaled score of 75 required.

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.

Exam Dates:  2018     February 27 – 28, 2018  ;  July 24 – 25, 2018     2019    February 26 – 27, 2019  ;  July 30 – 31, 2019

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

Dates and locations:   Two day exam administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July in Boise (February) and Moscow (July). Boise, Idaho – Concordia University School of Law, 501 West Front Street, Moscow;  Idaho – University of Idaho, College of Law.

Exam Dates:  2018  February 27 – 28, 2018  ;  July 24 – 25, 2018  ;  2019   February 26 – 27, 2019  ;  July 30 – 31, 2019

February 2018:  February 27 & 28  Location:  Boise, Idaho – Springhill Suites by Marriott – 424 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 83706
February 2018 Application:  Timely Deadline – October 1, 2017;  Late Deadline – November 15, 2017
February 2018:  Reasonable Accommodation Forms Due November 15, 2017
February 2018:  Unsuccessful Reexamination Forms Due November 15, 2017
 
July 2018:  July 24 & 25  Location:  Boise, Idaho – Concordia University School of Law – 501 West Front Street, Moscow, Idaho – University of Idaho – College of Law
July 2018 Application:  Timely Deadline – March 1, 2018;  Late Deadline – April 15, 2018
Applications must be received in the Idaho State Bar Office on the deadline date.  Postmarked applications do not qualify.  The deadline date will be the first business day thereafter if the deadline dates falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday.
 
Application: Student:  $600.00;  Late Fee:  $200.00.   Attorney:  $800.00;  Late Fee:  $200.00
Late fees will be assessed on any application received by the Idaho Bar after the timely deadline.  Laptop:  $125.00
Unsuccessful Form:  $200.00 - $300.00 (Idaho Bar Commission Rule 218);  Deferral:  $100.00

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.

2018    February 27 – 28, 2018  ;  July 24 – 25, 2018    2019    February 26 – 27, 2019  ;  July 30 – 31, 2019

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
The Illinois Bar Exam is administered over two days.
Day 1 - The written portion of the exam is administered on the first day of the Illinois bar exam. The written portion of the bar exam consists of the Multistate Performance Test (“MPT”), the Illinois Essay Exam (“IEE”), and the Multistate Essay Exam (“MEE”). You will have three hours to answer one MPT question and three IEE 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 Illinois 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.

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.

Exam Dates:  2018    February 27 – 28, 2018  ;  July 24 – 25, 2018   ;   2019    February 26 – 27, 2019  ;  July 30 – 31, 2019

Filing Deadlines for February:

Deadlines for First Time Applicants
Regular Filing Deadline: November 15 Filing Fee: $250
Late Filing Deadline: November 30 Filing Fee: $500
Deadlines for Re-Exam Time Applicants
Regular Filing Deadline: December 15 Filing Fee: $250
Late Filing Deadline: December 30 Filing Fee: $500

Filing Deadlines for July:

Deadlines for First Time Applicants
Regular Filing Deadline: April 1 Filing Fee: $250
Late Filing Deadline: April 15 Filing Fee: $500
Deadlines for Re-Exam Time Applicants
Regular Filing Deadline: May 30 Filing Fee: $250
Late Filing Deadline: June 15 Filing Fee: $500

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

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 Iowa bar examination is administered twice a year in Polk County.
2018    February 27 – 28, 2018  ;  July 24 – 25, 2018  and  2019    February 26 – 27, 2019  ;  July 30 – 31, 2019
 
February Exam:  February 26 - 28, 2018.  Application Deadline:  November 1, 2017
Exam Location:  Hy-Vee Hall, 730 3rd St., Des Moines, IA 50309  515-564-8000

 

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.

2018    February 27 – 28, 2018  ;  July 24 – 25, 2018  and  2019    February 26 – 27, 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.

2018:  February 27 – 28, 2018 ; July 24 – 25, 2018  ;  2019:  February 26 – 27, 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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