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Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
601 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 3600
P.O. Box 62535
Harrisburg, PA 17106

Pennsylvania Bar Exam Format

The Pennsylvania Bar Exam is a two-day exam. Day 1 consists of six essay questions and one Performance Test (PT) question. Day 2 is the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam.

Multistate Edge prepares you for the MBE portion of the Pennsylvania Bar Exam.

Pennsylvania Bar Exam Subjects: Pennsylvania Subjects (MBE Subjects are in bold)

Conflict of Laws, Corporations, Employment Discrimination (Title VII, ADA & ADEA), Family Law, Federal Civil Procedure, Federal Personal Income Taxation, Partnerships, PA Civil Procedure, PA Constitutional Law, PA DUI Law, PA Evidence, PA Rules of Professional Conduct, Wills, Trusts & Decedents’ Estates, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Constitutional Law, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts


A scaled score of 75 on the MPRE is required for admission.

Pennsylvania Bar Exam Scoring and Results

The MBE is worth 45%, the written portion is worth 55%, and the scores are scaled and combined to determine if a passing score of 271 was achieved.

Click here to see passage results for past Pennsylvania Bar Exams.

Pennsylvania Bar Exam MBE Reciprocity

Pennsylvania does not accept MBE scores from other jurisdictions.

Pennsylvania Bar Exam Reciprocity

In order to be eligible for admission without taking the Pennsylvania Bar Exam, an applicant must be a member of a reciprocating state bar, have engaged in the active practice of law for five of the seven years immediately preceding the application, and have graduated from an ABA-accredited law school.

Pennsylvania Bar Exam Application Deadlines and Fees

Please visit the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners’ 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.

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