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Wisconsin Bar Exam Information
About the Bar Exam
The Wisconsin Bar Exam is a 2-day exam. It takes place on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July.
Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners
P.O. Box 2748
Madison, WI 53701-2748
Phone: (608) 266-9760
Fax: (608) 266-1196
Bar Exam Format
- Day 1 is the essay component of the exam. Wisconsin can any combination of MEE, MPT, and locally drafted essay questions.
- Day 2 is the MBE portion; 200 questions, multiple-choice.
Constitutional Law, Contracts/Sales, Criminal Law/Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, Torts, Business Organizations (corporations, partnerships, associations, sole proprietorships), Civil Procedure (pleadings and practice, jurisdiction of courts), Commercial Law (sales and secured transactions and negotiable instruments), Conflict of Laws, Professional Responsibility, Taxation (federal), Trusts & Estates, Family Law (Domestic Relations), Limited Liability Companies.
Bar Exam Dates
- February 26-27, 2019
- July 30-31, 2019
- February 25-26, 2020
Grading takes 6 weeks for both administrations. Written component is scaled to the MBE and both combined. Weights are not exact because the Wisconsin Bar Examiners do not tell examinees how many of each type of essay is on the exam prior to the start of the exam. Reported minimum total score is 258 points out of 400.
MPRE is not required in Wisconsin.
Admission on Motion: An applicant may be admitted on motion without exam from states that admit Wisconsin practicing attorneys without exam. Applicant must also satisfy originating jurisdiction's requirements for admission on motion. Acceptance of MBE Score: Applicant may transfer MBE scaled score of 135 or higher achieved on an exam taken within 37 months of the present exam and part of a successful exam. Applicant will only be required to sit for the written portions of the exam.
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