Bar Exam Resources Guide

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

The Pennsylvania state bar exam will be administered on July 30-31, 2024.

Applications are due April 15, 2024. Late applications are accepted until May 30, 2024.

For details on the application process and fees, please visit the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners website.

Pennsylvania Bar Exam Details

The Pennsylvania bar exam is 2 days and is administered twice a year on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. General details and passing standards for the Pennsylvania bar exam may be found online.

Pennsylvania Bar Exam Schedule:

Day 1: 2 Performance Test (PT) questions & 6 MEE essays

Day 2: MBE, 6 hours

The essay and PT portions of the Pennsylvania bar exam are 55% of your total bar exam score and tests the following subjects:

  • Business Organizations (including corporations, partnerships, LLCs, and professional corporations)
  • Civil Procedure (PA and federal)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law (including related PA and federal constitutional issues and DUI)
  • Employment Discrimination (limited to Title VII, ADA, and ADEA)
  • Evidence (PA and federal)
  • Family Law
  • Federal Constitutional Law
  • Federal Income Taxes (personal only and limited to taxable and non-taxable income, deductions, proprietorships, and capital transactions)
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • UCC, Art. II - Sales
  • Wills, Trusts, and Decedents' Estates (including related fiduciary responsibilities)

The MBE portion of the Pennsylvania bar exam is 45% 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 Pennsylvania Bar Exam

Pennsylvania provides model sample answers online along with MBE information