State-by-State Bar Exam Information: Pennsylvania
The last Tue and Wed of February and July
The first deadline is April 15th. The final deadline, with a much higher fee, is May 30th.
Written: Six essay questions on Pennsylvania law and one performance test
Multiple-choice: The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
- Morning, performance test and two essays
- Afternoon, four essays
- Morning, first 100 MBE questions
- Afternoon, second 100 MBE questions
The MBE tests Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.
The state essays test Business Organizations (including corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and professional corporations), Civil Procedure (PA and Federal), Conflict of Laws, Contracts, Criminal Law, Employment Discrimination (Title VII, ADA, and ADEA only), Evidence (PA and Federal), Family Law, Federal Constitutional Law, Federal Income Tax (personal only and limited to taxable income, nontaxable income, deductions, proprietorships, and capital transactions), Professional Responsibility, Real Property, Torts, UCC Article II (Sales), and Wills, Trusts and Decedents' Estates (including related fiduciary responsibilities).
Yes. All applicants who request to take the exam on a laptop will be able to do so.
The written portions (essays and performance test) are scaled to the MBE and then the written portions are weighted at 55% and the MBE at 45% of the overall score.
2012: 83%; 2011: 85%
2012: 77%; 2011: 80%
Yes, but only if the applicant has practiced law for five of the last seven years in a jurisdiction with which Pennsylvania has reciprocity. Pennsylvania has reciprocity with Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, D.C., Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Please consult the jurisdiction directly for more detailed information on admission by motion.