South Carolina Bar Exam Information

The South Carolina bar exam lasts three days.  On days one and two, six South Carolina law essay subjects are tested.  On day three, the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) is administered.

The esssay portion of the exam tests state laws on a variety of subjects including:

  1. Business Law
  2. Civil Procedure
  3. Commercial Law
  4. Domestic Relations
  5. Equity
  6. Insurance
  7. Legal Writing and Research
  8. Trial Advocacy
  9. Wills, Trusts, and Estates

The MBE covers the following subject areas:

1. Constitutional Law
2. Contracts and Sales
3. Criminal Law and Procedures
4. Evidence
5. Real Property
6. Torts

 The MBE counts for one of seven portions of the bar exam in South Carolina with the six essays making up the remainder.  An applicant must pass six of the seven portions.  125 is the minimum passing score for the MBE.  This exam will be made up of 200 multiple choice questions that cover the following topics as they are generally applied throughout the United States of America:

To pass an essay section, the applicant must achieve a score of seventy.  If an applicant receives a scaled score of 110 or less on the Multistate Bar Examination, he or she will fail the South Carolina Bar Exam without any grading of the essay questions.  The following subjects may be tested on the South Carolina Essay Section of the South Carolina bar exam:

To qualify for the South Carolina Bar Exam you only need to meet a few requirements. The first qualification is that the candidate has a law degree from an ABA approved law school. The second qualification is that the candidate be of good moral character. The final qualification is that the candidate takes the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam, and passes it with a score of at least 77 points.

Inside South Carolina Bar Exam Information