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District of Columbia Bar Exam Information
About the Bar Exam
Washington DC has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE®). It is a two-day exam, and takes place on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. The Multistate Essay Exam (MEE®) and the Multistate Performance Tests (MPT®s) are administered on Tuesday; the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE®) is administered on Wednesday.
Bar Exam Format
The Washington DC Exam is a two-day exam.
- Day 1: AM: Two Multistate Performance Tests (MPT®s) PM: Six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE®) essays.
- Day 2: 200-question, multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam (MBE®).
Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies), Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests), and Uniform Commercial Code (Secured Transactions).
Bar Exam Dates
In 2020, the District of Columbia Bar Exam will be administered on:
- July 27-28, 2021
- February 22-23, 2022
The Washington DC Bar Exam will require a minimum scaled combined score of 266 points out of 400 points to pass. The MBE® is weighted at 50% of the score, the Essays are weighted at 30%, and the MPT®s are weighted at 20%.
A minimum passing scaled score is 75 or higher.
Washington DC permits admission on Motion by UBE® score transfer, with requirements of a UBE® score of 266 or higher, a qualifying MPRE® score of 75 of higher, member of good standing in each jurisdiction in which admitted, and have graduated from an ABA-approved law school, or graduated from a non-ABA law school but earned 26 credit hours from an ABA-approved law school. An applicant has five years from the date of the exam to transfer the UBE® score to DC.
Washington DC also permits admission on motion, without examination, for an applicant who has practiced for five years immediately preceding the date of application and is a member of good standing of a state or territory of the United States.
Washington DC also allows admission on Motion by MBE® Score Transfer, where applicant is admitted to the bar of another jurisdiction with a qualifying MBE® score of 133 or higher, earned a MPRE® score of 75 or higher, and and have graduated from an ABA-approved law school, or graduated from a non-ABA law school but earned 26 credit hours from an ABA-approved law school.
An applicant has 25 months to transfer the MBE® score to DC. Note: Attorneys who are admitted in other jurisdictions and are otherwise eligible to apply for admission to the District of Columbia ARE NOT eligible to take the bar exam.
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