Bar Exam Resources Guide

This Guide was created to assist W&L law students in preparing for the bar exam.

Helpful Information

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For additional information on print and electronic resources available to you and the information on this Guide, please contact a librarian at LawRef@wlu.edu

For additional information on W&L bar courses, the bar exam components, studying assistance and tips, creating a bar exam study schedule, etc., please contact Prof. Reid Flinn at FlinnCR@wlu.edu

For questions regarding the bar exam application process or materials, please contact Dean Trenya Mason at MasonT@wlu.edu

Looking for a Notary?

In the Law School:

Sue Coffey, Lewis Hall 233A (540-458-8981 or CoffeyS@wlu.edu)

Brianne Kleinert, Lewis Hall 245 (540-458-8567 or KleinertB@wlu.edu

Sheryl Salm, Lewis Hall 105 (540-458-8482 or SalmS@wlu.edu)

Other Notaries on W&L's campus are listed online

The California state bar exam will be administered on July 27-28, 2021.

Applications are due March 1, 2021. Late applications are accepted until June 1, 2021.

For details on the bar exam process or exam dates and deadlines,please visit the State Bar of California’s website.

Information regarding the moral character statement is available online

California Bar Exam Details

General details regarding the California bar exam may be found online.

California Bar Exam Schedule:

Tuesday AM: Essays (3 essays, 3 hours)

Tuesday PM: Essays + PT (2 essays + 1 PT, 3.5 hours)

Wednesday AM: MBE (100 questions, 3 hours) 

Wednesday PM: MBE (100 questions, 3 hours)

The essay portion of the California bar exam is 50% of your total bar exam score and tests the following subjects:

  • Business Associations
  • Civil Procedure
  • Community Property
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Real Property
  • Remedies
  • Torts
  • Trusts
  • Uniform Commercial Code – Article 1, Article 2, and Article 9 Fixtures
  • Wills and Succession

The MBE portion of the California bar exam is 50% of your total bar exam score and tests the following subjects:

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

Study Resources for the California Bar Exam

Previous exam questions and “selected answers” are available on the California State Bar website