You're almost there! If you're checking out this page, you're beginning to think about taking a bar exam after you graduate law school. We know you're anxious to get started. So here's some information about the test to guide you as you begin your journey:
The Maryland bar exam is administered by the State Board of Law Examiners. Maryland uses the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). The UBE is a two-day exam and is offered two times a year, on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July. On day one, test takers complete two 90-minute Multistate Performance Tests (MPTs), closed universe skills exercises that test practice skills typically expected of a new practicing attorney. Test takers will also complete six 30-minute essays from the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE). These essays can cover a range of legal topics, including agency, business associations, secured transactions, family law, civil procedure, trusts & estates, conflict of laws, torts, real property, contracts, criminal law & procedure, evidence and constitutional law. On day two, test takers complete the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question multiple-choice test, covering constitutional law, contracts, criminal law & procedure, evidence, civil procedure, real property and torts. Maryland currently requires a scaled score of 266 to pass the UBE.
You are also required to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE). Students generally take this 60-question multiple-choice test while still in law school, after they've completed their Professional Responsibility course. Maryland currently requires a scaled score of 85 to pass the MPRE.
Lastly, there is a required Maryland Law Component (MLC) element to the bar exam which is a collection of multiple-choice questions taken online, testing on distinctions of Maryland state law covering topics such as civil procedure, family law, state courts, criminal law & procedure, evidence, estates & trusts, torts and professional responsibility. The MLC is administered by the Maryland State Board of Law Examiners. Maryland currently requires MLC passage by correctly answering 40 questions out of 50 in a 90-minute attempt.
Accommodations for the Maryland bar exam? The State Board of Law Examiners will consider requests for accommodations. You should begin the process of requesting accommodations as early as possible so that you may still have time to appeal a denial of an accommodation request prior to the test taking day.
Can I take the exam using my own laptop? Laptops may be used to take the bar exam; there is a fee for doing so (the fee is paid to ExamSoft, which administers the electronic version of the exam). Information about applying to use your laptop and the fees connected to this may be found here.