State-by-State Bar Exam Information: Maryland
The last Tue and Wed of February and July
The application is updated only when changes occur and is available continuously throughout the year.
January 16th; with late fee: May 20th
Written: 10 essay questions prepared by the Maryland Board of Law Examiners and one performance test from the Multistate Performance Test
Multiple-choice: The Multistate Bar Exam
**Maryland does not require the MPRE (ethics exam)
Maryland essays: Agency, Business Associations, Commercial Transactions, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Maryland Civil Procedure, Professional Conduct, Property, Torts
Yes. Available here.
The written portions (essays, 58%, and one performance test, 8.7%, combined) are worth 2/3rds of the total score, and the MBE is worth 1/3rd. There is a detailed explanation of scoring available on the Maryland Board of Law Examiners' website here.
2012: 81%; 2011: 82%
2012: 76%; 2011: 77%
Yes, but concurrent examination only
Yes, but they have to take an attorneys' exam, which includes testing on Maryland-specific law but does not include the MBE.
Maryland does not require the MPRE, but 47 other states do. For law students planning on sitting for the bar in Maryland, deciding whether to take the MPRE depends on how long your MPRE score will be valid in the eyes of another jurisdiction to which you might seek admission some years down the road. Consult the other jurisdictions directly or the National Conference of Bar Examiners (www.ncbex.org).
The information for Maryland was obtained from the Maryland Board of Law Examiners' website and response to our survey, as well as the National Conference of Bar Examiners' Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements.