For those taking the Maryland Bar Exam:

How is the test structured?

You can learn all the details about the Maryland bar from the Board of Law Examiner’s web site.

The first day of the bar exam is the written test, and consists of ten essay questions and a single Multistate Performance Test (MPT) question, which is published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) is administered on day two and consists of 200 multiple choice questions. For more information on the MBE, visit The National Conference of Bar Examiner’s web site.

What subjects are covered on the bar exam?

The first day of the bar examination is the written test, testing on Agency, Business Associations, Commercial Transactions, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Maryland Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Property, and Torts. The MBE on day two tests on Constitutional Law, Contracts and Sales, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts. Consider taking bar exam subject courses in preparation for the bar exam and your future legal practice.

When do I have to register for the bar exam?

The filing deadline for the Original Petition (certifying law school graduation) is May 20th for a July examination and December 20th for a February examination. You should read the complete rules before you file. After you take the Bar you must also submit to the State Board of Bar Examiners an official transcript showing that you did, indeed, graduate.

Timeline for Taking the July Bar Exam:

Timeline for Taking the February Bar Exam:

What materials will the Carey School of Law send for me?

As part of the Character Committee review, the Committee member selected to perform your document review and interview will forward to the Carey School of Law the "Certification as to Law School Education." This form certifies attendance and specifically asks whether your student record "indicates any instances which may bear negatively on the applicant’s moral character and fitness for the practice of law." The Dean of Students will fill out this form and return it to the Committee.

Keep in mind, the School of Law does NOT prepare official transcripts. That function, like diplomas, is exclusively the province of the (campus) Office of the Registrar. You can request an official transcript online. Please note that if you intend to request a transcript before you have officially graduated, you will want to mark the box under Special Instructions "Hold for Degree" because your transcript must show that your JD was ACTUALLY conferred on a specific date to meet the requirements of the Board of Bar Examiners.

The Board of Law Examiners has now placed on the student the responsibility for (1) timely filing a notarized Original Petition, and (2) timely filing a transcript showing degree conferred on the individual student. The Original Petition must be notarized. If you need help locating a notary public, the Office of Student Affairs has a list of licensed persons who work here in the law school.

The School of Law does NOT complete the Certification as to College Education (Pre-Legal) form for the Maryland Bar.

For those taking other states’ bar exams:

What is required in other states?

Each state sets its own bar registration and admission rules. Students are encouraged to investigate the rules in any state in which they plan to live and practice, especially those associated with registration deadlines and required courses. For more information about bar admission in states other than Maryland visit The National Conference of Bar Examiner’s web site or the American Bar Association's website on state bar admissions.

Will I need to take the MPRE?

Some states (not Maryland) require the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) as part of their Bar Requirements. For more information on the MPRE, please visit the National Conference of Bar Examiner’s web site.

Bar Certifications:

Bar Certifications are completed by the Office of Student Affairs in the order in which they are received. Due to the high volume of these requests, please understand that there is sometimes a 4-6 week turnaround time. While we endeavor to meet all reasonable requests, please realize that out of respect for the other petitioners, there is no such thing as "same day" or "walk in and wait" service. Bar forms or requests for certification letters can be mailed to the attention of Shanti Narinesingh at 500 West Baltimore Street, Suite 280, Baltimore, MD 21201 or faxed to (410) 706-2103. Be sure to include your full name, social security number, date of graduation, return address, due date for the document and a contact phone number or email address. For any additional questions, please call (410) 706-5235.

Financial Aid While Studying for the Bar:

If you have questions concerning your financial aid options as you study for the bar examination, please contact Marilyn Jones at (410) 706-0873 or
mjones @ law.umaryland.edu

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