The California Bar Exam

All data provided below are subject to change by a decision at any time by the California bar examiners.  When any changes are made, they will be posted on this site. (Source: http://www.californiabarreview.com/)

The California Bar Exam is a three-day exam — Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday — with the essays and performance questions on Tuesday and Thursday and the multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam on Wednesday.

First Day (Tuesday) morning session: Three hours  – Three California Essay Questions

First Day (Tuesday) afternoon session: Three hours – One California Performance Test problem

Second Day (Wednesday) morning session: Three hours – Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) 100 Multiple-Choice questions.

Second Day (Wednesday) afternoon session: Three hours – Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) 100 Multiple-Choice questions.

California requires that you sit for the MBE as part of the California bar exam. California does NOT accept your score from an MBE taken in another jurisdiction. For further details on the MBE, click here.

Third Day (Thursday) morning session: Three hours – Three California Essay Questions

Third Day (Thursday) afternoon session: Three hours – One California Performance Test problem

Subjects Tested on the California Bar Exam: MBE Subjects : Constitutional Law, Contracts/Sales, Criminal Law/Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, Torts and

California Essay Subjects : Civil Procedure, Corporations, Community Property, Professional Responsibility, Remedies (Equity), Trusts, Wills & Succession, plus the six MBE subjects.

All subjects on the California essay portion are generic, based on general principles of law, except for three subjects – Community Property, Professional Responsibility, and 
Wills
are based on California law.

Grading of the California Bar Exam:

Your score on the MBE accounts for 35% of your total score.  Your score on the essay questions and performance tests accounts for 65% of your total score. California generally releases the results of the Summer exam in about 16-18 weeks and the results of the Winter exam in about 12-14 weeks.

The New York Bar Exam

All data provided below are subject to change by a decision at any time by the NYS Board of Law Examiners.  When any changes are made, they will be posted on this site. (Source: http://www.nybarreview.com/)

The New York Bar Exam is a two-day exam — Tuesday and Wednesday — with the New York essays and MPT on Tuesday and the multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam on Wednesday.

First Day (Tuesday) morning session: 3 hours, 15 minutes – Three Essay Questions and
50 New York Multiple-Choice (NYMC) questions – Recommended time allocation: 40 minutes per essay question, 1 minute 30 seconds per NY Multiple-Choice question.

First Day (Tuesday) afternoon session: 3 hours – One Multistate Performance Test (MPT)
For details on the MPT, click here. Two Essay Questions – Recommended time allocation: 90 minutes for the MPT and 45 minutes for each essay.

Second Day (Wednesday) morning session: 3 hours – Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) 100 Multiple-Choice questions.

Second Day (Wednesday) afternoon session: 3 hours – Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
100 Multiple-Choice questions.

For details on the MBE, click here. For details on transferring an MBE score, click here.

If you take two bar exams at the same time (local in New York on Tuesday, local in the other jurisdiction on Thursday, MBE in either state on Wednesday), New York will accept the score of the MBE taken in either state.  The most popular combinations are NY-NJ, NY-CT, and NY-MA.  The requirements keep changing, so check first with BOTH states.

Subjects Tested on the New York Local Portion: Agency, Commercial Paper, Conflict of Laws, Corporations, Domestic Relations, Equitable Remedies (Equity) , Estate Taxation, Federal Jurisdiction, Future Interests, Mortgages, No-Fault Insurance, New York Practice & Procedure, New York Professional Responsibility, Partnership, Personal Property, Secured Transactions, Trusts, Wills, Workers’ Compensation.
Plus New York distinctions for the six MBE subjects: Constitutional Law, Contracts/Sales, Criminal Law/Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, Torts


Grading of the NY Bar Exam:
The New York essays, the New York multiple-choice, the performance test, and the MBE are each graded separately. The raw score for each of the four parts is then scaled, by converting each raw score to a 0-1,000 grid (thus equating the scoring of each part). But each part has a different weight. So the scaled score for each part is weighted, by multiplying it by its percentage weighing factor.

Five Essay Questions — 40%
NY Multiple-Choice (NYMC)  — 10%
Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)  —  40%
Multistate Performance Test (MPT) — 10%

See: Sample New York Grading Sheet

The New York results are generally released in mid-November for the Summer exam, and in early May for the Winter exam.

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