State-by-State Bar Exam Information: New Jersey
The last Wed and Thu of February and July
March 31 (With a late fee, May 15th)
Written: Seven essay questions drafted by the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners
Multiple-choice: The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
New Jersey does not administer a performance test.
Day One - MBE
8:30 Instructions Begin
9:00 - 12:00 Testing (100 MBE Questions)
12:15 - 1:00 Lunch
1:10 - Instructions
1:30 - 4:30 Testing (100 MBE Questions
Day Two - Essays
9:00 - 12:00 Testing (4 Essay Questions)
12:15 - 1:00 Lunch
1:30 - 3:45 Testing (3 Essay Questions)
The MBE tests Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.
The New Jersey state essays test contracts, criminal law, real property, torts, constitutional law, evidence, and civil procedure. According to the Board of Bar Examiners' website, "[a]n essay question may cut across two or more of the basic subject areas. In addition, these questions may be framed in the context of fact situations involving, and interrelated with, the following subjects: agency; conflicts of law; corporations; equity; family law; partnership; Uniform Commercial Code Articles 2 (Sales), 3 (Commercial Paper), and 9 (Secured Transactions); wills, trusts, and estates; zoning and planning; and disciplinary rules. Accordingly, familiarity with the basic principles and concepts of those subjects may help the candidate in answering the questions."
The MBE and the essays each count for 50 percent of the overall score.
2012: 79%; 2011: 86%
2012: 77%; 2011: 81%
Yes, but concurrent examination only
Only under limited circumstances that do not apply to practicing attorneys
New Jersey is one of the Wed, Thu states that accepts MBE scores on the concurrent exam from other jurisdictions. Therefore, it is possible to take both New Jersey's exam and that of any Tue, Wed state during the same administration. The logistical complication is travel on Wednesday evening to New Jersey from the other state.