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D.C. Bar Exam Information

D.C. Court of Appeals
Committee on Admissions
430 E Street NW

Room 123
Washington, DC 20001

(202) 879-2710
DC Bar Admissions Website

DC Bar Exam Dates

2014: February 25-26;  July 29-30

 

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DC Bar Exam Format

The exam lasts 2 days. Day 1 consists of 2 Multistate Performance Test questions and a six-question Multistate Essay Exam.  Click here to learn more about AmeriBar's DC Bar Review Course for the DC Bar Exam.  On day 2, the Multistate Bar Exam is administered.  Click here for more information about AmeriBar's Multistate Bar Review Course.

DC Bar Exam Scoring Information

The MBE score is worth 50% and the MEE and MPT are worth 25% each.

DC Bar Exam - MPRE Requirements
In addition to successfully passing the DC Bar Exam, an applicant must attain a scaled score of 75 on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam.    Click here for more information about AmeriBar's Free Online MPRE Review Course.  
DC Bar Exam Pass Percentage

District of Columbia Bar Exam Statewide Pass Rate

Exam Date

First

Repeat

Total

July 2011

64%

23%

47%

Feb 2011

73%

22%

50%

July 2010

60%

14%

41%

Feb 2010

61%

15%

41%

July 2009

72%

23%

53%

Feb 2009

57%

23%

45%

July 2008

77%

32%

58%

Feb 2008

68%

38%

53%

July 2007

82%

50%

56%

Feb 2007

91%

52%

52%

 
DC Bar Exam MBE Reciprocity
Candidates for admission may be admitted without sitting for the exam if candidate received a scaled MBE score of 133 or higher on an exam upon which candidate  was admitted in another jurisdiction, achieved a scaled score of at least 75 on the MPRE, and has a JD from an ABA accredited law school.  If a candidate received a 133 on the MBE but was not admitted in that jurisdiction, candidate may waive in MBE score and take only the essay portions of the exam.  A candidate must then score a 133 on the essay portion to pass the exam.
DC Bar Reciprocity
1) Membership in good standing for 5 years prior to application from any state bar; OR

2) Membership in good standing in any state bar and a scaled score of 133 on the MBE and a scaled score of 75 on the MPRE and a JD from an ABA accredited law school; OR

3) An applicant can use a scaled MBE score of 133 or better in the past 25 months.  The applicant must then attain a 133 on the essay portion of the examination.

Contact the board of bar examiners for the most current information.

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