The Maryland Bar Exam
Maryland Bar Exam Dates, Requirements and Scheduling
Preparing your application and submitting it on time is especially important in Maryland because there are no late filing periods. In other words, if you miss the deadline, you cannot sit for the MD Bar Exam. See below for important deadlines, dates, and fees.
Examinees applying for the Maryland State Bar Exam must file within the set filing period—there is no late filing and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. You must also submit an official transcript of your pre-legal education and a Character Questionnaire ($350) with or before your primary application—both can be filed before the application period opens.
|Filing Periods||Application Opens||Fee|
|February, 2024||Nov 1 - Dec 20, 2022||$400|
|July 26-27, 2023||April 1 - May 20, 2023||$400|
*February 2024 Filing period has not been made official, this is a projected application period based on 2023.
The Maryland State Board of Law Examiners requires examinees to have graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree (JD) or equivalent from an American Bar Association (ABA) approved law school. This requirement may be waived if an applicant's legal education is commensurate with ABA standards by submitting an Eligibility Waives for Graduates of Non-ABA Law Schools. Waivers must be obtained before candidates create their Notice of Intent to take the UBE in Maryland.
First-time applicants must submit their official law school transcripts on or before September 1 or March 15 following the July and February exams, respectively.
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Maryland Bar Exam Subjects and Topics
The MD bar exam tests an examinee's ability to analyze and reason alongside their knowledge and understanding of fundamental legal principles. Furthermore, since Maryland has adopted the UBE, a successful exam score represents one's competency and readiness to practice law in the 40 other participating jurisdictions.
Multistate Essay Exam (MEE)
The MEE consists of six 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 NCBE will choose for 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.
- Business Associations
- Civil Procedure
- Conflict of Laws
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Family Law
- Real Property
- Secured Transactions
- Trusts and Estates
Additional information on the list of subjects and subtopics can be found on our MEE Subject Matter Outline page.
Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)
The MBE tests the following subjects across two 100-question sessions:
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law/Procedure
- Federal Civil Procedure
- Real Property
You may find a complete list of subjects and subtopics here: MBE Subject Matter Outline
Multistate Performance Test (MPT)
The MPT Exam features two 90-minute performance legal case questions presenting legal case scenarios challenging bar applicants to identify the right strategies and actions an attorney should take in response to case facts. The questions provide detailed instructions, factual data, statutes, and other references to test your legal analysis skills in discerning relevant and irrelevant facts in a case.
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Maryland Bar Exam Pass Rates
As is typical with bar exams across the country, the Maryland 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.
|Exam||Overall Pass Rate||First-Timer Pass Rate||Repeater Pass Rate||Results Release Date|
|Feb. 2023||32%||49%||24%||April 21, 2023|
|July 2022||69%||78%||19%||October 21, 2022|
Below are the annual pass rates for the Maryland Bar Exam since 2016 divided into first-time examinees and repeaters:
What Makes the Maryland Bar Exam Unique?
Individuals seeking admission to the Maryland bar via examination, UBE score transfer, or admission without examination as an experienced out-of-state attorney will be required to complete the state-specific Maryland Law Component. Out-of-state attorneys seeking admission on motion must also take an essay exam on Maryland Evidence, Maryland Civil/Criminal Practice & Procedure, and Rules of Professional Conduct to be eligible for admission to the Maryland Bar, as stated in the above section.
Maryland Bar Exam for Foreigners
Foreigners may apply to take the Maryland Bar Exam if they have completed their first legal degree in a jurisdiction outside of the US and an LL.M degree at a law school approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). This exception also applies to individuals accepted to the Bar in another US jurisdiction. Applicants must complete the Eligibility Waiver for Graduates of non-ABA Law Schools before their Notice of Intent to Take the UBE.
Judging by the most recent MD bar exam results and the fact that the exam features a state-specific essay component, the Maryland Bar Exam is among the most difficult bar exams in the country. That’s why it is crucial to prepare with the right bar prep review.
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Contact Details of Maryland State Bar
The Maryland Supreme Court answers calls Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST, except for state and federal holidays.
|Maryland Board of Bar Examiners Contact Information|
580 TAYLOR AVENUE
ANNAPOLIS, MD 21401
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Maryland does not have a set limit on the number of times you can take the MD State Bar Exam, so if you fail the exam on your first attempt, you can revise your strategy and strive to do better the next time.