Maryland State Board of Bar Examiners
2011-F COMMERCE PARK DRIVE
ANNAPOLIS, MD 21401
The Maryland Bar Exam takes place over 2-days and covers 12 topics
Marylland Bar Exam Segment Breakdown
The Maryland Bar Exam is made up of the following exam segments:
- 10 essays each lasting 25 minutes
- 1 performance tests lasting 1.5 hours
- 200 multiple choice questions, taking place the Wednesday of the exam. Click here for a complete study guide.
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When is the Exam Administered?
- February 23 – 24, 2016
- July 26 – 27, 2016
Topics Covered by the Maryland Bar Exam
The Maryland Bar Exam currently covers x topics. These topics are tested on the Essays portion of the exam. At least one essay must include in whole or part, professional conduct.
- Business Associations
- Commercial Transactions
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Family Law
- Maryland Civil Procedure
- Professional Conduct
Plus all multi-state topics for the Performance and Multiple-choice portions of the exam.
Source: https://www.mdcourts.gov/ble/pdfs/baradmissionrules.pdf (Pages 34-37). Includes a further breakdown of subject matter.
Recent Bar Pass Rates and Content Trends
On average over 2,082 people take the Maryland bar exam each year. The majority of people take the Bar exam in July, having just graduated from law school. Those that do not pass the July bar, will often retake in February.
The following charts show pass rates by year, and the number of students taking in both February and July.
February Bar Exam Breakdown:
On average, the February bar has a lower number of students taking (as it is made up of primarily of people who graduated during December), or people who are retaking the bar.
July Bar Exam Breakdown
How have Schools performed on the Maryland bar?
To see how schools have performed in Maryland, see below:
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