The Connecticut Bar Exam
Structure, Topics, Dates, Cost, Scores, and Eligibility

The Connecticut Bar Exam implemented the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE®) format starting in February 2017. The UBE is composed of three parts: the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE®), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT®), and the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE®).

Individuals considering practicing law in another state can benefit from increased score portability among the 41 participating UBE jurisdictions. This article offers comprehensive information on CT Bar Exam results, dates, deadlines, fees, applications, and more.

Connecticut Bar Exam Structure

The Uniform Bar Examination is administered over two days and consists of a writing section (MPT/MEE) and a multiple-choice section (MBE).

  • Day 1: MPT/MEE
  • Day 2: MBE


The MBE is weighted at 50% of the UBE, making it the most heavily weighted section of the Connecticut Bar Exam. Examinees will have two 3-hour sessions to answer 200 multiple-choice questions.


The MEE is weighted at 30% of the UBE and is administered on day one. Examinees have 3 hours to answer six 30-minute essay questions.


The MPT is weighted at 20% of the UBE and is administered on day one. Examinees are provided with faux case files imitating realistic scenarios and a folder with various legal documents, which they must use to respond to assignments.

Connecticut Bar Exam Dates, Requirements, and Scheduling

Aside from saving you stress, preparing your application for the Connecticut Bar Exam and submitting it before the first filing deadline will save you $100. See below for important deadlines, dates, and fees.

Exam dates

Examinees can begin filing their applications for the Connecticut Bar Exam from October 1, 2023, for the February 2024 exam, and March 1, 2024, for the July 2024 exam. There is an $800 application filing fee and an additional $100 fee for late filing.

Filing Periods February 27-28, 2024  Exam July 30-31, 2024 Exam
Application Opens October 1, 2023 March 1, 2024
First Filing Deadline October 31, 2023 March 31, 2024
Final Filing Deadline November 30, 2023 April 30, 2024


To sit for the Connecticut Bar Exam, you must have a Juris Doctorate Degree (JD) from a law school approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) or by the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee (CBEC) in accordance with Article II-1(B).

After you pass the bar, you must undergo a character and fitness screening to prove that you are worthy of the trust and confidence of your clients. Determinations of good moral character and fitness are made at the time of admission.

Forms required to prove your education, character, and fitness can be found here.


To schedule your appointment to take the Connecticut Bar Exam, you'll first need to download the free Adobe Acrobat® Reader 8 to fill out and save forms. Print your application on 8 ½" x 11" paper and mail it with the required attachments and fees. There is no electronic filing. Make sure that all questions are answered fully unless it is clearly stated that they can be skipped.

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Connecticut Bar Exam Cost and Fees

Filing your Connecticut Bar Exam application after the first filing deadline will cost you an extra $100. Costs and fees for transferring scores, foreign applicants, and more are tabulated below.

Application Fees
Application to Take the Bar Exam $800
Other Application Fees
Bar Exam Application Late Filing $900
UBE Score Transfer $750
Application for Admission without Examination $1800
Petition for Determination on Foreign Education $500
Application Fee for Foreign Legal Consultant $500
Miscellaneous Fees
Copy of Filed Application $15
Transmittal of MBE score  $25
Replacement of Exam Scores and Info $15
Certified Copy of Previously Filed Application $15
Investigation under Sec. 2-8(8) $50
Laptop Fee $125

Payment policies

Fees are non-refundable and must be made out to the "Connecticut Bar Examining Committee". Only certified checks or money orders are accepted. They must be sent to:

Direct Mail Email
Connecticut Bar Examining Committee 100 Washington Street, 1st Floor, Hartford, CT 06106-4411 [email protected]

Re-takers who have a fee credit from a previous Connecticut Bar Exam must email the CBEC Administrative Office before they submit their online application.

Cost-saving options

An $800 application fee is no small expense. Fortunately, there are ways to save money on the CT Bar Exam. The Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) runs the CBA Future of the Legal Profession Scholarship Program (FLPSP), which seeks to increase diversity in the legal community.

Participants receive financial assistance for LSAT prep courses and invitations to events and programs that will aid them as they pursue their legal education. They also receive mentoring and networking opportunities and help submitting law school and grant applications.

Here are the eligibility requirements:

  • Recent graduate, junior or senior, of a Connecticut college or university.
  • Plan on graduating from an accredited law school in Connecticut.
  • Preference is given to members of the following communities: Women, LGBTQ+, Religious minority, Indigenous group, Asian, Black/African-American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latinx, or individuals with disabilities.

Connecticut Bar Exam Subjects and Topics

The Connecticut Bar Exam assesses an individual's analytical and reasoning skills, as well as their grasp of fundamental legal principles. Additionally, as Connecticut has adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) program, a passing score on the exam signifies that the examinee is qualified and capable of practicing law in the 40 other participating states.

MEE: Testable subjects

The MEE consists of six 30-minute essay questions. Each question involves one or more of the subjects listed below. Some subjects may be paired together. Other subjects could be omitted. While it's impossible to know which subjects the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE®) will choose on any given exam version, some have been tested more frequently than others historically.

For example, Civil Procedure has appeared on nearly every MEE in the past decade, while Criminal Law has only appeared several times. However, subjects that occur less frequently on their own may be paired with others. Our MEE Study Guide and Prep Tips provides all the details you need to focus your studies on what's essential and use your time efficiently.

  • Business Associations
  • Civil Procedure 
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Real Property
  • Secured Transactions
  • Torts
  • Trusts and Estates

Check out our MEE Subject Matter Outline for detailed explanations of MEE subjects and sub-topics.

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MBE: Testable subjects

The MBE is administered in two three-hour sessions on Wednesday (Day 2) of the bar exam. It is scored on a 200-point scale and presents candidates with 200 multiple-choice questions spanning the following MBE subjects, broken down into 25 questions per subject:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts

MPT: Testable items

The MPT consists of closed-universe practical questions with instructions, factual data, cases, statutes, and other reference material supplied by examiners. Candidates will answer two cases presenting simulated real-life scenarios in the fictional jurisdiction of "Franklin." These tasks are designed so examinees can demonstrate their lawyering skills using only materials provided by the bar examiners. Each case is assessed on a 6-point scale, with a 6 being the highest possible score and a 0 being the lowest possible score.

Connecticut Bar Exam Scoring/Grading

To be admitted to the Connecticut Bar, applicants must pass the UBE with a minimum scaled score of 266 out of 400. Exam weightage is divided between the three sections:


MEE and MPT scores are combined and scaled out of 200. Therefore, the writing section (MEE/MPT) and the multiple-choice section (MBE) each comprise 50% of your total UBE scaled score (or 200 points each). If you do poorly on one exam section, you can make up for it on the other, as long as these scores combine to a sum of 266 or more.

Note that your raw score is not the same as your scaled score. For example, getting 133 of 200 MBE questions correct does not necessarily mean you've earned 133 scaled points. Scaled scoring is employed to ensure fairness across exam versions. This scoring model is true for all three sections of the bar exam.

For example, July's exam may be more difficult than February's. It would be unfair to allow someone to pass or fail based on the relative difficulty of their exam version. Therefore, examinees' raw scores are transformed into scaled scores through a statistical method called equating. Unfortunately, the NCBE does not release data on the calculations it uses to determine scaled scores.

Connecticut MPRE minimum passing score

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE®) features 60 multiple-choice questions administered over two hours. You must pass the MPRE with a minimum score of 80 before being admitted to the Connecticut bar. Check out our article, About the MPRE, to learn more.

Connecticut Bar Exam Results and Pass Rates

As is typical with bar exams across the country, the Connecticut Bar Exam's repeater pass rate is markedly lower than the first-timer pass rate. This phenomenon is likely because many examinees who failed the first time haven't changed their study habits significantly.


Pass Rate

Pass Rate

Pass Rate

Release Date

July 2023




September 29, 2023

Feb. 2023




April 21, 2023

Below are the annual pass rates for the CT Bar Exam since 2017 divided into first-time examinees and repeaters:

Exam First Timers Repeaters Overall
Year No Of Candidates Pass Rate No. Of Candidates Pass Rate No. Of Candidates Pass Rate
2022 333 69% 129 29% 462 58%
2021 367 70% 196 26% 563 55%
2020 381 72% 156 26% 537 59%
2019 278 69% 183 30% 461 53%
2018 335 63% 187 22% 522 49%
2017 402 76% 142 30% 544 64%

Connecticut Bar exam results

In Connecticut, bar exam results are typically released and posted on the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch website about 2 months following the administration of the exam.

Connecticut Bar Exam Reciprocity

Connecticut offers reciprocity with the jurisdictions listed in the table below. Applicants must be licensed in at least one of these jurisdictions, and the applicant must have been actively practicing law for at least 5 of the 10 years leading up to their submission. Here is a checklist for admission without examination.

Alabama Michigan Oregon
Alaska Minnesota Pennsylvania
Arkansas Mississippi South Dakota
Colorado Missouri Tennessee
District of Columbia Montana Texas
Georgia Nebraska Utah
Illinois New Hampshire Vermont
Indiana New Jersey Virgin Islands, US
Iowa New Mexico Virginia
Kansas New York Washington
Kentucky North Carolina West Virginia
Maine North Dakota Wisconsin
Maryland Ohio Wyoming
Massachusetts Oklahoma  

Applicants must meet the same requirements as those applying for the CT Bar through examination: Obtain a JD from an ABA or Committee approved law school, be deemed of good moral character and fit to practice law, and earn an 80 or higher on the MPRE. If an applicant has failed the CT Bar Exam within the last five years, they cannot apply for admission without examination.

Connecticut Bar Exam for Foreigners

Foreign applicants may qualify for admission to take the CT Bar Exam if they have graduated with a JD from an ABA or Committee approved law school and have been deemed of good moral character and fit to practice law. Alternatively, the applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have successfully completed academic requirements to legally practice law in their country
  • Attended a program that met ABA or Committee standards in both duration and quality
  • Obtain an LL.M. degree at an ABA or Committee approved law school in the US

What Makes the Connecticut Bar Exam Unique?

Connecticut does not have any state-specific pre-legal educational requirements. However, 12 hours of post-admission continuing legal education (CLE) are required to hold onto your license.

Final Takeaways

Whether you are taking the UBE for the first time or you are a repeater, the best way to be among those who pass the Connecticut Bar Exam is to study with questions and practice exams that imitate the actual bar exam.

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You'll gain access to 100+ MEE practice essays and 22 MPT practice questions from past bar exams. In addition, our platform offers customizable flashcards, performance tracking, a QBank filled with detailed illustrations, readings paired with bite-sized video lectures, and thorough explanations for each question.

Contact details of the Connecticut State Bar

If you wish to contact the Connecticut State Bar Admissions office with inquiries regarding the Connecticut Bar Exam, please see the details below.



Phone Number

(860) 706-5135

Hearing/Speech Impaired

1 (800) 842-9710


[email protected]

Mailing Address

100 Washington Street,
1st Floor Hartford, Connecticut

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Connecticut Bar Exam FAQs

No, you must have graduated from an ABA or committee-approved law school to take the bar exam in Connecticut.
The bar exam in Connecticut spans two days and totals 12 hours of exam time—that’s 6 hours per day, excluding breaks.
It costs $800 to apply to sit for the Connecticut Bar Exam. Filing deadlines for the February 2024 exam are October 31, 2023 (timely filing) and November 30, 2023 (final filing). July 2024 exam deadlines are March 31, 2024 (timely filing) and April 30, 2024 (late filing).
The Connecticut Bar Exam is as hard as all other UBE jurisdictions’ bar exams as they all follow the same format.
It takes approximately 400 hours to study for the CT Bar Exam. Most students begin studying 8-10 weeks out. However, beginning sooner can increase retention and decrease burnout, so we recommend starting as early as 4-6 months out, if possible.
The minimum passing UBE score for Connecticut is 266.
There is no restriction on how many times you can take the Connecticut Bar Exam.
If you fail the Connecticut Bar Exam you can transfer the fees you’ve paid to the next exam.
Yes, you can transfer your MBE score to Connecticut from another UBE jurisdiction because the MBE is a component of the UBE. You can also transfer the MBE score alone if you meet the following criteria.
Yes, you can transfer your MBE score from Connecticut to another UBE jurisdiction because the MBE is a component of the UBE.
No, you cannot practice law without a law degree in Connecticut.
Admission without examination in Connecticut requires that applicants have graduated from an ABA or Committee approved law school, are in good standing in the jurisdiction in which they practice law, and have transferable UBE and MPRE scores that meet Connecticut’s minimum score requirements.
Foreign candidates for the Connecticut Bar Exam must prove that they have met all educational requirements for foreigners.
To become a licensed attorney in Connecticut, you must obtain an undergraduate degree, take the LSAT, graduate with a JD from an ABA or Committee approved law school, and be deemed of good moral character and fit to practice law.
If you would like to request special accommodations for the Connecticut Bar Exam you need to download and fill out a Petition for Non-Standard Testing Conditions.
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