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Bar Examination Resources

This guide provides tools and resources that law students may use in preparing for the bar exam. It should supplement, but never be used to replace a formal bar exam preparatory course, or information provided by the Student Services Office.

Application Information


Dates of Exam

(Tuesday and Wednesday)

July 2017

July 25-26

February 2018

Feb 27-28

July 2018

July 24-25

February 2019

Feb 26-27

July 2019

July 30-31

February 2020

Feb 25-26

July 2020

Jul 28-29

Bar Exam Components

  • ESSAY EXAMINATION consists of six essay questions that cover one or more of the following subjects:
    • Business Organizations (including corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and professional corporations)
    • Employment Discrimination (limited to Title VII, ADA, and ADEA)
    • Professional Responsibility
    • Civil Procedure (Pennsylvania and federal)
    • Evidence (Pennsylvania and federal)
    • Real Property
    • Criminal Law (including related Pennsylvania and federal constitutional issues and DUI)
    • Family Law
    • Torts
    • Conflict of Laws
    • Federal Constitutional Law
    • U.C.C., Art. II — Sales
    • Contracts
    • Federal Income Taxes (personal only and limited to taxable and non-taxable income, deductions, proprietorships, and capital transactions)
    • Wills, Trusts and Decedents' Estates (including related fiduciary responsibilities)
  • PERFORMANCE TEST: one Performance Test (PT) question, developed by the Board, may be used in lieu of a Multistate Performance Test question as a component of the essay portion of the bar examination. The Performance Test (PT) is intended to test an applicant's ability to use basic skills that a lawyer should possess to perform a task that a newly admitted attorney would be expected to perform.
  • MULTISTATE BAR EXAM (MBE) consists of 200 multiple choice questions that cover the following subjects:
    • Civil Procedure
    • Constitutional Law
    • Contracts
    • Criminal Law & Procedure
    • Evidence
    • Real Property
    • Torts

Sample Essay Questions

Bar Exam Results


Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners

Mailing Address via US Postal Service

(Certified/First Class/Priority/Express Mail)


Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners

601 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 3600

P.O Box 62535

Harrisburg, PA 17106-2535

Physical Address

(Overnight Deliveries via DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.)


Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners

Pennsylvania Judicial Center

601 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 3600

Harrisburg, PA 17120-0901

Phone: (717) 231-3350
Fax: (717) 231-3351
​Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am- 4:00pm
Closed for Court Holiday
E-mail (technical issues only):
Directions to Board Office