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Bar Exam Preparation

Maryland

Maryland requires:

  • MD essay exam
  • MPT
  • MBE

Day one is comprised of ten essay questions (written by the Maryland Board of Law Examiners), and one MPT question; day two is comprised of the MBE.

Essay subjects tested: Agency, Business Associations, Commercial Transactions, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Maryland Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Property, and Torts.

MBE subjects: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.

Each essay question is weighted equally. The MPT question is weighted 1.5 as much as a single essay question. The essay portion is weighted equally to the MBE portion.

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District of Columbia

The District of Columbia is a UBE jurisdiction.

The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) is coordinated by NCBE and is composed of the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) tasks, and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). It is uniformly administered, graded, and scored by user jurisdictions and results in a portable score that can be transferred to other UBE jurisdictions.  

The UBE is administered over two days, with the MBE given on the last Wednesday of February and July and the MEE and MPT given on the Tuesday prior to that. Jurisdictions that use the UBE may require applicants to also complete a jurisdiction-specific educational component and/or pass a test on jurisdiction-specific law in addition to passing the UBE.

Day one is comprised of two MPTs and six MEE questions. Day two is comprised of the MBE. The MPRE is administered separately, in March, August, and November.

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Virginia

Virginia requires:

  • VA essay and short-answer exam
  • MBE
  • MPRE (offered March, August, November)

Day one is the essay part, which is prepared and graded under the supervision of the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners. This part includes essay and short-answer questions. Day two is comprised of the MBE.

See the Rules link below for subjects tested.

MBE scaled score counts for 40% of the combined score and  essay/short answer scaled score counts for 60%. See the FAQ link below for more information on scoring.

The MPRE is administered separately, in March, August, and November.

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News

From NCBE:

Effective with the February 2018 administration, the Contracts subject matter outline for the MBE and MEE will be slightly reordered and revised. No new topics will be added. The primary purpose of the revisions is to provide examinees with more detailed and organized information about the scope of coverage of Contracts questions. For the revised subject matter outlines, see the 2018 MBE Subject Matter Outline and MEE Subject Matter Outline

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