Pennsylvania Bar Exam Information

The Pennsylvania bar exam is administered two times each year — on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. 

 The first day of the exam consists of six essay questions that are prepared by the state examiners and one Performance Test question.  Applicants are expected to demonstrate their knowledge of Pennsylvania law, where applicable, when answering the essay portion of the bar examination.

On the second day of the exam, the Multistate Bar Examination is administered.  The MBE consists of 200 multiple choice questions on the following six subjects:   contracts, criminal law, constitutional law, real property, evidence and torts.  The MBE does not contain specific state law questions. 

The essay examination for the Pennsylvania Bar Exam consists of six essay questions that cover one or more of the following subjects: Bank Deposits and Collections, Civil Procedure (State and Federal), Commercial paper, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Corporations, Criminal Law, Decedents’ Estates, Evidence (State and federal), Family Law, Federal Income Tax, Professional Responsibility, Real Property, Sales, Secured Transactions, Torts. 

The MBE counts for 45% of the score.  The essays and MPT count for 55% of the score.

 The filing fee for the bar exam is $500 for first time applicants and $250 for reapplicants. 

The general requirements for permission to sit for the bar examination are:

(1) Receipt of an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university or the receipt of an education which, in the opinion of the Boa The general requirements for permission to sit for the bar examination are:

(1) Receipt of an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university or the receipt of an education which, in the opinion of the Board, is the equivalent of an undergraduate college or university education.

(2) (i) Except as provided in subparagraph 2(ii) of this Rule, completion of the study of law at and receipt without exception of an earned Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school.

(ii) Completion of the study of law at and receipt without exception of an earned Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree from an unaccredited law school located within the boundaries of the United States of America, provided that the applicant is a member of the bar of a reciprocal state and meets the certain other additional requirements.


Inside Pennsylvania Bar Exam Information