Examination Information

The timely filing deadline for the July 2019 General Bar Examination is May 1, 2019.

Bar Admissions Presentations

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Exam Information, Test Specifications, Study Guide, and Virtual Tour

This notice is being issued in October 2018 and supersedes all previous announcements on this subject.

General Bar
Examination Schedule
Examination Location
Timely Filing
Deadline
$325 Late Fee
Deadline
$625 Late Fee
Deadline
July 30-31, 2019
(Tuesday & Wednesday)
Tampa Convention Center
333 South Franklin St.
Tampa FL
Postmarked on or before
May 1, 2019
Postmarked on or before
June 3, 2019
Received by
June 17, 2019
February 25-26, 2020
(Tuesday & Wednesday)
Tampa Convention Center
333 South Franklin St.
Tampa FL
Postmarked on or before
November 15, 2019
Postmarked on or before
December 16, 2019
Received by
January 15, 2020

Daily Examination Schedule

Time
Activity
07:45 - 08:30 a.m.
Arrival/Badge Distribution
08:30 - 09:15 a.m.
Examination Room Entry
09:15 - 09:30 a.m.
Test Instructions
09:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Session I
12:30 - 01:30 p.m.
Lunch Break
01:15 - 02:00 p.m.
Examination Room Entry
02:00 - 02:15 p.m.
Test Instructions
02:15 - 05:15 p.m.
Session II

If the examination filing deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, then the deadline will be extended until the end of the next business day.

Late Fee
All Examination Applications must be postmarked or received in the board's office not later than the timely filing deadline to avoid a late filing fee. The final cut-off date to apply to take the February bar examination is January 15, and for the July bar examination is June 15. All required applications, supporting forms, proof of fingerprinting, fees, and late fees (if applicable) must be received by the final cut-off date for the examination.


Florida Bar Examination Description

The Florida Bar Examination consists of the following:

  • The General Bar Examination (Part A and Part B)
  • The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)

General Bar Examination Information

Administration
The General Bar Examination consists of two parts: Part A and Part B. Part A consists of three hours spent answering essay questions and three hours of 100 multiple-choice questions. Florida Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure and the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration comprise one segment. Questions on the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration will address only the following areas: disqualification of trial judges; public access to judicial branch records; minimization of the filing of sensitive information; the qualifications, restrictions, and conditions pertaining to attorneys in their representation of clients in Florida Courts; and the signature of attorneys and parties on pleadings and other papers. The remaining five segments, each of which will embrace no more than three subjects, are selected from the following subjects, including their equitable aspects:

  • Florida Constitutional Law
  • Federal Constitutional Law
  • Trusts
  • Business Entities
  • Real Property
  • Evidence
  • Torts
  • Wills & Administration of Estates
  • Criminal Law, Constitutional Criminal Procedure, and Juvenile Delinquency
  • Contracts
  • Articles 3 and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Family Law and Dependency
  • Chapters 4 & 5 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar
  • Professionalism

Part A
Questions on Part A are designed to test your knowledge of both general law and Florida law. When Florida law varies from general law, the question should be answered in accordance with Florida law. The board publishes a study guide for Part A and it is available at no cost.

Part B
Part B is the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) offered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. An MBE Information Booklet may be downloaded from the National Conference of Bar Examiners website.

Examination Procedure
The examination procedure allows for an election for testing by either of two methods that are explained below:

  • The Overall Method may be utilized only by applicants who submit to Parts A and B during the same administration of the General Bar Examination. A passing grade under this method would be an average scaled score of 136 or better, or such score as may be set by the Supreme Court of Florida.
  • The Individual Method may be utilized by those applicants who passed one part of the examination previously and elect to retake only the part previously failed or by applicants taking the examination for the first time, provided that the applicant takes Bart B (MBE) of the General Bar Examination. Applicants must achieve a passing score on each part taken. Effective July 1, 2004, a scaled score of 136, or such score as may be set by the Supreme Court of Florida, is passing.
Statisticians indicate that applicants may find it slightly easier to pass utilizing the Overall Method in that the passing grade under this method would be an average scaled score at or above the passing score on Parts A and B, as opposed to the applicant who takes the examination utilizing the Individual Method that requires a passing score on each part.

An applicant who attains a passing scaled score on one part may elect to take the Overall Method without jeopardizing that passing status. The applicant will retain the passing status even if he or she on a subsequent administration does not achieve a passing score on the part previously passed.

Test Accommodations
Applicants who may require test accommodations during the administration of the General Bar Examination must petition the board for such test accommodations. The board has responded favorably to every reasonable request for accommodations by those with certifiable disabilities. All required forms for filing a petition for test accommodations can be located on the board’s website. The petition and required documentation must be postmarked by the timely filing deadline for the desired examination or late filing fees will be required. The final cut-off date to petition for test accommodations for the February bar examination is January 15, and for the July bar examination is June 15. There is no cost to petition the board for test accommodations and no cost for accommodations approved by the board.

Bar Review Course Policy
It is the policy of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners that information relating to bar review courses will not be furnished by the board.


Test Specifications, Florida-Prepared Portion of the General Bar Examination

The test specifications were developed to provide a guide to question drafters in drafting essay and multiple-choice questions that appear on the Florida portion of the General Bar Examination.




Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination Information

MPRE Administration
The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is offered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. It consists of 60 multiple-choice questions administered during a two hour test period and is administered three times a year at established test centers across the country.

Description of Valid MPRE Scores
You must take the MPRE within the guidelines set out below. It is your responsibility to request that your score be forwarded to Florida. A report of your score will be sent directly to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and a copy will be sent to you. Please review your copy of the score report carefully to verify that all identifying data is correct. If not, it is your further responsibility to contact the National Conference of Bar Examiners to have a corrected score report forwarded to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. MPRE scores are acceptable under the following conditions:

  • Scaled score of 80 or better is achieved, or such scaled score as fixed by the Supreme Court (rule 4-33.2), and
  • Score is attained within 25 months of passing other parts of the Florida Bar Examination (rule 4-18.1).

MPRE Website
Visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners website for detailed information about and registration for the MPRE.


Informational Materials

Image of the board's Seal. The central figure on the Seal is a griffin, a universally accepted symbol for vigilance. The griffin is holding the Nordic symbol for fidelity, which comes from Nordic mythology. Beneath the griffin appears the Latin phrase “Clemens iustitiae custodia.” Custodia is the word used for keeping watch in order to protect, and Clementia is used technically for leniency in punishing offenses. Closely translated, this phrase means “Compassionate and vigilant protection of justice.” Expanded, this would mean the watchful protection (or preservation) of justice, a watchful or protective preservation which is compassionate or merciful. The Arabic numerals \"1955\" appear at the bottom of the seal, indicating the year of the creation of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.Copyright ©2011 - 2019 Florida Board of Bar Examiners. All rights reserved.