Bar Exam Resources Guide

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

July 2021 Bar Exam Update:

The Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners announced on February 12th that the July 2021 exam will be administered remotely.

The Pennsylvania state bar exam will be administered remotely on July 27-28, 2021. Visit the FAQ page for additional details.

Applications are due April 16, 2021. Late applications are accepted until May 30, 2021.

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, 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: PT & 6 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:

  • Civil Procedure (PA and federal)
  • Criminal Law (including related PA and federal constitutional issues and DUI)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Contracts
  • Business Organizations (including corporations, partnerships, LLCs, and professional corporations)
  • Wills, Trusts, and Decedents' Estates (including related fiduciary responsibilities)
  • 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
  • Employment Discrimination (limited to Title VII, ADA, and ADEA)

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 previous essay and PT questions with model sample answers online along with MBE information