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The Georgia Bar Exam

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The Georgia Bar Exam

General information
Exam TypeNon-UBE
Jurisdiction-specific component
Upcoming Registration DatesJanuary 2, 2019 (February 2019 exam); June 5, 2019 (July 2019 exam)
Recent Pass Rates42% (February 2017); 65% (July 2017)

What is the Georgia bar exam?

The Georgia bar exam assesses whether an examinee is competent to practice law in the State of Georgia. Passing the bar exam is an essential step in becoming a lawyer in Georgia. Examinees are tested on a variety of legal subjects. Bar exam scores are scaled, meaning that scores are adjusted to reflect the relative difficulty of a particular exam. These adjustments ensure that no examinee is unfairly penalized or rewarded for taking a more or less difficult exam.

Studying for the Georgia bar exam is a full-time job that requires discipline, determination, and—for most people—a formal course structure. Quimbee’s Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) review course is expertly designed to help you prepare for the Georgia bar examination in the most efficient and effective way possible. Our MBE review course includes 7,000+ smart flashcards, real practice questions and answers with detailed explanations, full-length practice tests, and comprehensive outlines of MBE subjects. 

Read on to learn more about the Georgia bar exam.

What is the Georgia Bar Exam format?

The Georgia bar exam consists of the MBE, a written examination, the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and four essay questions. A minimum score of 270 out of a possible 400 is required to pass the exam. More details on the Georgia bar exam format can be found on the Georgia Office of Bar Admissions' website.

Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)

The MBE is a six-hour, 200-question multiple-choice examination developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and administered by participating jurisdictions, including Georgia, on the last Wednesday in February and July of each year.

According to the NCBE, the purpose of the MBE is to assess the extent to which an examinee can apply fundamental legal principles and legal reasoning to analyze given fact patterns.

The MBE is divided into morning and afternoon testing sessions of three hours each, with 100 questions in each session. There are no scheduled breaks during either the morning or afternoon session, though test taskers typically may be excused from the exam room during the test. Be sure to check with your jurisdiction, however, as the rules regarding leaving the exam room may vary.

Of the 200 questions on the MBE, 175 questions are scored. The remaining unscored 25 questions are used by the NCBE to test potential future questions. The scored questions are distributed evenly, with 25 questions from each tested subject area. The Georgia bar exam subjects include civil procedure, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law and procedure, evidence, real property, and torts. The MBE counts for 50 percent of the total Georgia bar exam score.

Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

The MPT is the third component of the Georgia bar exam. The MPT is not a test of substantive knowledge. The MPT consists of two 90-minute problems designed to mimic real-world tasks that a new attorney might be assigned.

The materials for each MPT include a file and a library. The file consists of the facts of a fictitious case and includes legal documents related to the case. The library contains statutes, cases, and other forms of rules. The file and library will include both relevant and irrelevant information; it’s up to you to figure out what you’ll need to complete your task. The examinee’s task will be outlined in a memorandum contained in the file. The MPT counts for 21.4 percent of the total Georgia bar exam score.

Jurisdiction-Specific Component

The Georgia bar exam includes four essay questions on Georgia law. Examinees have 45 minutes to answer each question. The Georgia essay section counts for 28.6 percent of the total Georgia bar exam score. The Georgia Office of Bar Admissions provides previous essay questions and answers on its website.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)

A passing score on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is also required to become a licensed Georgia attorney. The MPRE tests an examinee’s knowledge of the ethics rules related to the practice of law. According to the NCBE, the purpose of the MPRE is to “measure examinees' knowledge and understanding of established standards related to the professional conduct of lawyers.”

The MPRE’s questions are largely based on the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct, but the MPRE also covers relevant court decisions as well as procedural and evidentiary rules.

The MPRE consists of 60 multiple-choice questions—50 scored questions and 10 unscored questions. As with the MBE, each question on the MPRE is followed by four possible answer options. You’ll have two hours to complete the exam.

The MPRE is offered three times per year, typically in March, August, and November. Be sure to register early—the regular registration fee is $95, but the late registration fee is $190.

The MPRE is scored on a scale that ranges from 50 to 100. Georgia requires a minimum-passing MPRE score of 75.

Georgia Bar Exam Information

Below is a list of useful information for Georgia bar examinees:

What are the Georgia Bar Exam Dates?

The Georgia bar exam is offered twice a year on the last consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July. The Georgia bar exam is typically administered in College Park.

When Do I Need to Register for the Georgia Bar Exam?

The regular deadline for registering for the February 2019 bar exam in Georgia is January 2, 2019. The regular deadline for the July 2019 exam is June 5, 2019. For more details on these deadlines, please see the Georgia Office of Bar Admissions' website.

What are the Fees for the Georgia Bar Exam?

The regular application fee for the Georgia bar exam is $442. For more details on fees, visit the Georgia Office of Bar Admissions' website.

When Will I Receive My Georgia Bar Exam Results?

Georgia bar examination results are released approximately 13 weeks after administration of the exam. Results are posted publicly on the Georgia Office of Bar Admissions' website.

What Is the Georgia Bar Exam Contact Information?

The Supreme Court of Georgia Office of Bar Admissions is the organization responsible for overseeing admission to the bar in Georgia. It is through this board that you will register for the bar exam, receive exam information, and obtain your score.

Office of Bar Admissions
244 Washington Street, SW
Suite 440
Atlanta, GA 30334

Website: https://www.gabaradmissions.org/home

How Do I Get Georgia Bar Exam News?

News and information about the Georgia bar exam can be found on the Georgia Office of Bar Admissions' website.

What is the Best Georgia Bar Exam Prep Course?

Quimbee does not provide state-specific coverage for the Georgia bar exam, but you can use Quimbee MBE Review to supplement your prep. Heavy and cumbersome coursebooks are a thing of the past. All of the course material for Quimbee MBE Review is available from your computer.

Georgia Bar Practice Tests

Quimbee’s course offers several full-length practice MBEs and thousands of MBE practice questions—many licensed directly from the NCBE. 

Georgia Bar Study Guide

With Quimbee, you’ll watch Quimbee's beautifully designed video lessons, practice multiple-choice questions to test what you've learned, and read through Quimbee's expert-written outlines. And true understanding isn’t just answering a question correctly. You need to know why you got a question right or why you got a question wrong. That’s why Quimbee provides you with detailed explanations for every practice question, so you can understand the difference between the correct and incorrect answers.

Quimbee’s outlines provide comprehensive coverage of all MBE subjects. Quimbee Outlines are written by experts and are perfectly tailored to the NCBE’s subject-matter outlines, so you can be confident you’re studying only the material that’s tested on the bar exam.

Georgia Bar Flashcards

You’ll also have access to Quimbee’s 7,000+ MBE flashcards, which utilize the latest developments in learning science to ensure you’re learning as efficiently as possible by assessing your proficiency as you go. Quimbee harnesses the magic of spaced repetition to maximize your learning outcomes. Quimbee’s flashcards cover every topic that appears on the MBE.

So, if you’re wondering how to pass the Georgia bar exam, check out Quimbee MBE Review, and you’ll see why Quimbee is the best MBE review tool available.