State-by-State Bar Exam Information: Florida

Bar Information

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Key Dates

When is the Bar Exam: 

The last Tue and Wed of February and July

By when is the application for the July exam due?: 

May 1st 

Postmarked on or before June 1: $325 late fee

Postmarked on or before June 15:  $625 late fee

Exam Details

What tests and types of questions are on the bar exam?: 

Florida portion: Three state-law essays; 100 multiple-choice questions. Multistate portion: The Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)--200 multiple-choice questions

What subjects are tested: 

The Florida portions may test on any of the following subjects: Florida Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure; Florida Rules of Judicial Administration 2.051, 2.060, and 2.160; Florida Constitutional Law; U.S. Constitutional Law; Trusts; Business Entities; Real Property; Evidence; Torts; Wills & Administration of Estates; Criminal Law; Contracts; Family Law; and Chapters 4 & 5 of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar. The MBE tests Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Evidence, Property, and Torts.

Where is the July exam administered?: 
Tampa only
Is it possible to take the written portions of the exam on a laptop computer?: 

Yes with an additional fee of $125.

Are past exam questions and sample answers available?: 

Yes--for free on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners' website.

How is the exam scored?: 

The Florida portion (essays and multiple-choice questions combined) and the MBE are each weighted equally at 50% of the overall score.

Statistics

What was the first-time taker pass rate for the most recent July bar exam? : 

2012: 80%; 2011: 80%

What was the overall pass rate for all takers of the most recent July bar exam?: 

2012: 75%; 2011: 74%

Reciprocity

Can MBE scores be transferred from other jurisdictions?: 

No

Can applicants already admitted in another state gain admission without taking the bar exam?: 

No

The information for Florida comes from the Florida Board of Bar Examiners' website and from the National Conference of Bar Examiners' Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admissions and annual statistical report.