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Georgia Bar Exam Information


Get Detailed Information About The Georgia Bar Exam Including Schedules, Grading, Reciprocity, Fees, Common Questions & More.

While the Georgia Bar is one of the few states left that does not use the UBE, it still incorporates some multistate testing sections into the test. Georgia's essay question section is completely state-specific, with a four-question, 45 minute-per-question portion. The other two sections (the MPT and the MBE) are multistate and identical to other state bar tests.

Georgia Essay Questions
Multistate Performance Test (MPT)
Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

Georgia 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, they 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. This means that, although Georgia is not a UBE state, it still tests on the same days as UBE states.

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. This 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

There is no jurisdiction-specific component in the state of Georgia.

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.

When Is the GA Bar Exam in 2023?

July 26-27, 2022 February 21-22, 2023 July 25-26, 2023
Timely Filing: December 1, 2021 July 6, 2022 TBD
Late Filing: March 2, 2022* October 5, 2022* TBD

*$400 late filing fee

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

Daily Schedule

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

Exam Fee: $442

Attorney Exam Fee: $378

Laptop Computer Fee: $100

Late Filing Fee: $400

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