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Oklahoma Bar Exam Information

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

To become a lawyer in Oklahoma, 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.

The Oklahoma Bar Exam is a two-day exam that differs drastically from most of the other state Bar exams. The first day involves 16 essay questions picked by the Oklahoma Board of Examiners. This is referred to as the OEE or Oklahoma Essay Exam. Test-takers will complete eight essay questions in the morning and eight essay questions in the evening. On day 2, the applicants will complete a standard Multistate Bar Exam or MBE. This is a 200 question multiple-choice test.

The Oklahoma Bar Exam weights the test much differently than other states, so pay careful attention to this next part.

The MBE and essay scores are all taken and then averaged to see if a score of at least a 75% was achieved. For the essay section, at least 1200 points is acceptable as a passing score. On the MBE a scaled score of at least 135/200 is also considered passing. With these two scores combined, you need around a 2400 to pass the Oklahoma State Bar Exam. However, you aren?t required to score exactly 75% on both sections. Therefore, an applicant can get under 75% on one section, and over 75% on the other section and still have a passing score overall.

The best way to prepare for the BAR exam in Oklahoma is by studying material on the most common law subjects specific to this test. For the Oklahoma Bar Exam you will want to study relevant topics such as Administrative Law, Federal Estate & Gift Taxation, Partnerships, Secured Transactions, Trusts, Real Property, and many more. Many find success through practice tests that closely resemble the actual Oklahoma Bar Exam. It is important to find tests that match this exact state, as the Oklahoma test is quite unique. You can find useful study material here at Test Max Prep.

The Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma specifically. You can contact the Oklahoma Board of Examiners for more information about application requirements, test day expectations, and dates.

2020 Filing Deadlines & Fees

When is the OK Bar Exam in 2020?

February 25-26, 2020 July 28-29, 2020
Application Deadline: Sept 3, 2019 Feb 1, 2020
Late Deadline: Oct 1, 2019 ($50 late fee) Mar 2, 2020 ($50 late fee)
Final Late Deadline: Nov 1, 2019 ($150 late fee) Apr 1, 2020 ($150 late fee)

How Much Does the OK Bar Exam Cost?

Regular Application fee: $400
Attorney Application fee: $1,100
Laptop Computer fee: $125

What is the OK Bar Exam Schedule Like?

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

Tue 8 Essays (3 hours) 8 Essays (3 hours)
Wed 100 MBE Questions (3 hours) 100 MBE Questions (3 hours)

What Subjects Are Tested On The OK Bar Exam?

MBE Subjects

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

Essay Subjects

  • Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Commercial Law - which may include: Contracts, UCC, Consumer Law, and Creditor's Rights, including Bankruptcy
  • Property
  • Procedural Law - which may include: Pleadings, Practice, Evidence, and Remedies (Damages, Restitution, and Equity)
  • Criminal Law
  • Business Associations - which may include: Agency, Partnerships (including Joint Ventures), Corporations, and Limited Liability Companies
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Torts
  • Intestate Succession, Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, including Federal Estate and Gift Taxation
  • Conflicts of Law
  • Family Law

OK Bar Exam Grading & Scoring Process

NCBE scores the MBE component of the exam.

Oklahoma total scores are reported on a 400-point scale and a passing score of 264 is required in Oklahoma.

  • MBE: 50%
  • ESSAYS: 50%

Required MPRE Score: 75


Results for the February exam are typically released in early-April.

Results for the July exam are typically released in early-September.

OK Bar Exam Reciprocity

At present Oklahoma has reciprocity and/or admission on motion or admission without examination with the following jurisdictions: Alabama, Arizona, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

MBE Score Transfer

Oklahoma accepts MBE scores transferred from other jurisdictions for the concurrent exam only; actual scaled score.

Admission on Motion

Oklahoma does allow for admission on motion.

Admission on Motion Fee: $1500.00

How do I Contact the OK Bar?

Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners
1901 N. Lincoln Blvd.
P.O. Box 53036
Oklahoma City, OK 73152
Phone: 405-416-7075

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