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North Carolina Bar Exam Information

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

To become a lawyer in North Carolina 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 270.

The North Carolina Bar Exam is split into two seperate days. The first day you will take six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions in the morning session. Then you will move on and take two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions in the evening. The second day consists of the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE). This part involves two tests. Both have 100 questions and are multiple-choice.

The North Carolina Bar Exam weights all three sections of the test differently. The first day is weighted 50% and the second day is worth 50%. But the test sections are slightly different. The MEE takes 30% and the MPT gets 20% while the MBE receives the largest weight at 50%. Test-takers must make a minimum score of 270 to pass.

The best way to prepare for the BAR exam in North Carolina is by studying important material on common law subjects. Here are a few of the topics that you should expect to see on the exam: Secured Transactions, Taxation, Business Associations, Trusts and Wills, and Criminal Law and Procedures. To find success on the exam, work through practice tests that closely resemble the content and test structure of the North Carolina Bar Exam. You can always find useful study material here at Test Max Prep.

The North Carolina Bar Exam occurs twice a year, held at varying locations. To apply, applicants must complete the admission application and an original petition to take the bar exam in North Carolina specifically. You can contact the North Carolina Board of Examiners for more information about application requirements, test day expectations, and dates.

2021 Filing Deadlines & Fees

When is the NC Bar Exam in 2021?

July 27-28, 2021
Application Deadline: Jan 5, 2021
Late Deadline: Mar 2, 2021 ($250 late fee)

How Much Does the NC Bar Exam Cost?

Regular Application fee: $850
Attorney Application fee: $1,650
Laptop Computer fee: $125

What is the NC Bar Exam Schedule Like?

The North Carolina Bar Exam is a 2-day exam administered twice a year.

Tue 2 Performance Test (3 hours) 6 Essays on any subject (3 hours)
Wed 100 MBE Questions (3 hours) 100 MBE Questions (3 hours)

What Subjects Are Tested On The NC Bar Exam?

MBE Subjects

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

Essay Subjects

  • Business Associations
  • Civil Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Trusts
  • Wills (Decedents' Estates)

NC Bar Exam Grading & Scoring Process

NCBE scores the MBE component of the exam.

A passing score of 270 is required in North Carolina.

  • MBE: 40%
  • ESSAYS: 60%

Required MPRE Score: 80

MPRE scores earned earlier than 5 years preceding receipt of an application will not be accepted. If the MPRE is taken after submission of an application, a score of 85 or higher needs to be earned within 2 years after receipt of an application for admission or the rule on automatic withdrawal of an incomplete apllication may be triggered.


Results for the February exam are typically released in late-March.

Results for the July exam are typically released in late-August.

NC Bar Exam Reciprocity

MBE Score Transfer

North Carolina does not accept MBE scores transferred from other jurisdictions.

Admission on Motion

North Carolina does allow for admission on motion.

Application for Admission on Motion fee: $2000.00

How do I Contact the NC Bar?

Mailing Address:
North Carolina Board of Law Examiners
5510 Six Forks Rd., Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone: 919-848-4229
Fax: 919-848-4277

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