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Delaware Bar Exam Information

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Delaware Bar Exam Overview

To become a lawyer in Delaware, one must hold a degree from an accredited four-year university, make a passing score on the LSAT exam and complete an accredited law school program, and finally, complete the BAR exam with a passing score of 231.

The Delaware Bar Exam is a two-and-a-half-day exam consisting of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), one Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and ten state essay questions. The first day of the exam is the essay portion of the test, which consists of four essay questions drafted by the Bar Association of Delaware. The second day is when the Multistate Performance Test is offered. The third day consists of a 200 question, multiple-choice Multistate Bar Examination which is split into two, three-hour sections.

The Delaware Bar Exam scores only the MEE and MPT components. The MBE is scored by the NCBE. The Delaware weights the test by using 40% of the MBE and 60% of the written test portion.

The best way to prepare for the BAR exam in Delaware is through working through the material on the most common law subjects. For the Delaware Bar Exam specifically, the essay questions are likely to cover business associations, contracts, equity and other components (see below). The MBE questions include civil procedures, criminal law, and more. The best way to study for the Delaware Bar Exam is by using similar practice tests. You can find useful pre-test material here at Test Max Prep.

The Delaware Bar Exam occurs once a year, held at varying locations. You can contact the Delaware Board of Examiners for more information about application requirements, test day expectations, and dates.

2020 Filing Deadlines & Fees

When is the DE Bar Exam in 2020?

July 27-29, 2020
Application Deadline: Apr 1, 2020
Late Deadline: May 1, 2020 ($100 late fee)

How Much Does the DE Bar Exam Cost?

Regular Application fee: $700
Attorney Application fee: $800
Laptop Computer fee: $100

What is the DE Bar Exam Schedule Like?

The Delaware bar exam is a two-and-a-half-day exam administered once a year, with the MBE given on the last Wednesday of July.

Mon 4 Essays on any subject (3 hours) 4 Essays on any subject
Tue 2 Performance Test (3 hours)
Wed 100 MBE Questions (3 hours) 100 MBE Questions (3 hours)

What Subjects Are Tested On The DE Bar Exam?

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Essay Subjects

  • Business Associations
  • Civil Procedure
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Contracts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Equity
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Trusts
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Wills

DE Bar Exam Grading & Scoring Process

NCBE scores the MBE component of the UBE. Jurisdictions grade the MEE and MPT components. The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE and UBE total scores are calculated by NCBE.

A passing score of 145 out of a scale of 200 is required, based on the combined scaled scores of the MBE portion and the written portion.

  • MBE: 40%
  • Written: 60%

Required MPRE Score: 86


Results for the July exam are released in early October.

DE Bar Exam Reciprocity

MBE Transfer

Delaware does not accept MBE scores taken previously. All applicants must take the MBE as part of the exam in Delaware.

Admission on Motion

Delaware does not allow for admission on motion. All persons must take and pass the Delaware Bar Exam, complete the clerkship requirements, and establish their character and fitness to practice law in order to be admitted to the Bar of the state of Delaware. There are no different procedures for persons admitted in other jurisdictions.

The "Attorneys' Examination" is the California Bar Examination for which attorney applicants may apply, provided they have been admitted to the active practice of law in a United States jurisdiction at least four years immediately prior to the first day of administration of the examination and have been in good standing during that period.

The Attorneys' Examination includes essay questions and performance tests of the General Bar Examination but not its multiple-choice questions (i.e. MBE).

How do I Contact the DE Bar?

Board of Bar Examiners of the Delaware Supreme Court
The Renaissance Center
405 N. King Street, Suite 420
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 302-651-3940

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