Committee on Admissions
D.C. Court of Appeals
430 E Street NW, Room 123
Washington, D.C. 20001
District of Columbia Bar Exam Format
The District of Columbia Bar Exam is a two-day exam. Day 1 consists of two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions in the morning and six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions in the afternoon. Day 2 is the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam.
MBE Edge prepares you for the MBE portion of the District of Columbia Bar Exam.
District of Columbia Bar Exam Subjects: District of Columbia/MEE Subjects (MBE Subjects are in bold)
Agency, Commercial Paper, Conflict of Laws, Corporations, Family Law, Federal Civil Procedure, Partnerships, Sales, Secured Transactions, Trusts & Future Interests, Wills, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Constitutional Law, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts
A scaled score of 75 on the MPRE is required for admission.
District of Columbia Bar Exam Scoring and Results
The MBE is weighted 50%, and the MEE and MPT are weighted 25% each. Examinees must score a minimum scaled score of 133 on both the MBE and the written portion. Thus, the minimum scaled score required for passing is 266. The Committee releases results in mid-May for the February exam and in mid-November for the July exam.
District of Columbia Bar Exam MBE Reciprocity
An applicant may be admitted without exam, if the applicant received a scaled MBE score of 133 or higher on an exam upon which the applicant was admitted in another jurisdiction, achieved a scaled score of 75 or better on the MPRE, and graduated from an ABA-accredited law school.
An applicant who received a scaled MBE score of 133 or higher on a prior MBE, taken within 25 months of the present exam, may waive in the MBE score and take only the essay exam. An essay score of 133 will then be required to be admitted.
An applicant who received a scaled essay score of 133 or higher on a prior District of Columbia Bar Exam, taken within 25 months of the present exam, may waive in the essay score and take only the MBE. A scaled MBE score of 133 will then be required to be admitted.
District of Columbia Bar Exam Reciprocity
An applicant who has been a member of another bar and in good standing for five years immediately preceding application may be admitted without an exam.
District of Columbia Bar Exam Application Deadlines and Fees
Please visit the Committee on Admissions’ website for details on application deadlines and fees, and for more information on other topics.
*Bar exam information is subject to change without notice; please verify with the bar examiner’s office.