State-by-State Bar Exam Information: Georgia

Bar Information


Key Dates

When is the Bar Exam: 

The last Tue and Wed of February and July

When is the application for the July exam made available: 

There are two applications to be completed. The first is the application for a certification of fitness to practice law, which is available online at all times. The second is the application to take the bar exam itself, which is not available online. It becomes available on or about April 1.

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

The application for a certification of fitness to practice law is due early December of the previous year or, with a late fee, by early March. The application to take the exam is due by the first Friday in June. Consult the Georgia Board of Bar Examiners' website for precise dates.

Exam Details

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

Written: Four state-law essay questions written by the Georgia Board of Bar Examiners and two performance tests from the Multistate Performance Test

Multiple-choice: The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)

How is the bar exam structured?: 

All written questions (four essays and two 90-minute performance tests) are administered on Tuesday, and the MBE is administered on Wednesday.

Where is the July exam administered?: 
Suburban Atlanta--Georgia International Convention Center
Is it possible to take the written portions of the exam on a laptop computer?: 

Yes. All applicants who seek to take the exam on a laptop will be able to do so.

Are past exam questions and sample answers available?: 

Yes as to both. They are available on the Board of Bar Examiners' website.

How is the exam scored?: 

The written portions (performance tests, 21.4%, and essays, 28.6%, combined) and the MBE are weighted equally--each at 50%.


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

2012: 85%; 2011: 84.3%

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

2012: 80%; 2011: 78.2%


Can MBE scores be transferred from other jurisdictions?: 


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

Yes, but only if they have practiced law for five of the last seven years and are admitted in a state with which Georgia has reciprocity. Applicants from non-reciprocal states can be admitted based on passing a one-day attorneys' exam.

The information on Georgia comes from the Georgia Board of Bar Examiners' website and answer to our survey, as well as from the National Conference of Bar Examiners' Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements and annual statistical report.