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Maryland Carey Law posts strong bar exam results

November 26, 2019

May graduation was a joyful time for Maryland Carey Law’s most recent alumni but only a brief respite before returning to the library to prepare for the July 2019 bar exam.

Now, the results are in and, according to Dean Donald B. Tobin, are “very positive.”

The pass rate for first-time JD takers from Maryland Carey Law was 88%, up from 84% last year; and the law school’s passage rate for all takers was 82% compared to 68% statewide.

This year’s results don’t precisely compare to past years, however, because of the state’s transition to the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). The UBE results in a portable score that can be transferred to other UBE jurisdictions. Over 35 states have adopted or are soon to adopt the UBE.

“The move to the UBE provides students with more opportunities, and allows for more mobility within the profession,” said Tobin. “We are pleased that our students have successfully navigated the move to the new test, and we will continue our efforts to help our students succeed on the bar exam.”

May graduation was a joyful time for Maryland Carey Law’s most recent alumni but only a brief respite before returning to the library to prepare for the July 2019 bar exam.

Maryland Bar Exam Information

Learn about the Maryland Bar Exam format, subjects tested, dates, and requirements.

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Maryland Bar Exam Dates, Cost & Location

Exam Type: 2-day UBE exam
Dates: Oct. 5–6, 2020
Exam Fee: $600

The Maryland Bar Exam is a 2-day exam. Day 1 consists of ten MD drafted essay questions and one 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) question. Day 2 is the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam.

What subjects are tested on the Maryland Bar Exam?

Agency, Commercial Transactions, Corporations, Family Law, MD Civil Procedure, Partnerships, Professional Responsibility, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Constitutional Law, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.

What’s the minimum score for MPRE?

Maryland requires the MPRE beginning July 2019. See our MPRE Study Guide.

Need to sign up for MPRE? Learn about registration, testing policies, and more on our MPRE Registration Guide.

How is Maryland Bar Exam scored?

MBE is weighted 1/2, the MEE 30% and the MPT 20%.

When are Maryland Bar Exam results released?

Results are released in early May for the February exam and in early November for the July exam.

Can I transfer my MBE scores from another jurisdiction?

Maryland accepts MBE scores from other jurisdictions from concurrent exams only.

What about MD Bar Exam reciprocity?

Out-of-state attorney applicants are required to take an essay exam on Maryland Evidence, Maryland Civil/Criminal Practice & Procedure, and Rules of Professional Conduct. The applicant must have engaged in the active practice of law for 10 years, or 5 of the 10 years immediately preceding application, must have been admitted by exam in another state, and must have intent to practice in Maryland.

What are Maryland Bar Exam application deadlines and fees?

Please visit the Maryland Board of Law Examiners website for details on application deadlines and fees, as well as for more information on other topics.

The Maryland Bar Exam is a 2-day exam. Day 1 consists of ten MD drafted essay questions and one 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) question. Day 2 is the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam.