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Georgia Bar Exam Information


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Georgia Bar Exam Overview

GA Essay Questions

The applicant will have 45 minutes to answer each of four questions of equal value, designed to cover any of the subjects; however, the individual question will inevitably involve more than one of the subjects listed and frequently will also involve areas such as procedure, evidence or damages.

Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) is developed by NCBE and consists of two 90-minute items. It is administered by user jurisdictions as part of the bar examination on the Tuesday before the last Wednesday in February and July of each year.

The MPT is designed to test an examinee's ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation and complete a task that a beginning lawyer should be able to accomplish. The MPT is not a test of substantive knowledge. Rather, it is designed to evaluate certain fundamental skills lawyers are expected to demonstrate regardless of the area of law in which the skills arise.

Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

The MBE, which is administered on Wednesday, is developed and graded by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE).

This portion of the examination is an objective 6-hour examination containing 200 multiple-choice questions, which is divided into two 3-hour sessions during which 100 questions are administered.

The MBE tests 7 subjects: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.

Jurisdiction-Specific Component = No

Grading

The 400-point examination consists of two equally weighted components: (1) the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) and (2) a written examination, which consists of two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) items and four essay questions. Raw scores on the MPT items will be multiplied by 1.5 and added to raw scores on the essay questions. Total raw scores on the written examination will be converted to the 200-point MBE scale and then combined with the scaled MBE score to obtain a final score. A score of 270 is required to pass the examination.

  • MBE: 50%
  • Written: 50%

Required MPRE Score: 75

Results

Results for the February exam are released in late May.

Results for the July exam are released in late October.

Reciprocity

MBE Transfer

Georgia does not accept MBE scores from a bar exam taken in another jurisdiction.

Admission on Motion

Georgia does allow for admission on motion for applicants who have been practicing law for at least 5 of the past 7 years. All requirements for admission on motion can be found here. In addition, Attorneys' Exam may be offered to applicants meeting certain specified criteria.

Contact Information

Supreme Court of Georgia
Office of Bar Admissions
244 Washington Street SW, Suite 440
Atlanta, GA 30334

https://www.gabaradmissions.org/home
Phone: 404-656-3490
Fax: 404-657-9108

Schedule

The Georgia bar exam is a two-day exam administered twice a year, with the MBE given on the last Wednesday of February and July.

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

Subjects Tested

MBE Subjects

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

Essay Subjects

  • Business Organizations
  • Civil Procedure (GA & FRCP)
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Contracts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Commercial Paper
  • Evidence (CA & FRCP)
  • Family Law
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Real Property
  • Remedies
  • Secured Transactions
  • Torts
  • Trusts
  • Wills & Estates

Filing Deadlines & Fees

July 2019

Timely Filing: June 5, 2019
Late Filing: July 5, 2019

Exam fee:$442
Attorney Exam fee:$378
Laptop Computer fee:$100
Late Filing fee:$200

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