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The Maryland Bar Exam

Exam TypeUBE
MBE
MEE
MPT
Jurisdiction-specific component
Upcoming Registration DatesDecember 20, 2018 (February 2019 exam); May 21, 2019 (July 2019 exam)
Recent Pass Rates42% (February 2017); 63% (July 2017)

Introduction

The Maryland bar exam assesses whether an examinee is competent to practice law in the State of Maryland. Passing the bar exam is an essential step in becoming a lawyer in Maryland. The exam consists of three components: an essay component, a multiple-choice component, and a performance component. 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 Maryland bar exam is a full-time job that requires discipline, determination, and—for most people—a formal course structure. Quimbee’s Maryland bar review is expertly designed to help you prepare for the Maryland bar examination in the most efficient and effective way possible. Our Maryland bar-prep course includes 7,000+ smart flashcards, real practice questions from past bar exam, answers with detailed explanations, full-length practice tests, and comprehensive outlines of Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) and Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) subjects.

Read on to learn more about the Maryland bar exam and how Quimbee’s bar review course can help you pass the Maryland bar exam.

Maryland Bar Exam Format

Maryland will begin administering the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in July 2019.

The UBE is a uniformly administered bar exam that results in a portable score. This means that applicants who take the UBE may transfer their scores to seek admission in other UBE jurisdictions.

UBE scoring is based on a 400-point scale. Each jurisdiction sets its own minimum-passing score. The minimum-passing UBE score in Maryland has not yet been announced, but other jurisdictions’ minimum scores range from 260 to 280.

The UBE consists of three sections: the MBE, the MEE, and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).

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 Maryland, on the last Wednesday in February and the last Wednesday in July of each year. The MBE counts for 50 percent of an examinee’s total UBE score.

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 areas. The Maryland bar exam subjects include civil procedure, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law and procedure, evidence, real property, and torts.

Multistate Essay Examination (MEE)

The MEE consists of six 30-minute issue-spotter questions. The MEE is administered on the Tuesday before the last Wednesday in February and July of each year. The MEE counts for 30 percent of an examinee’s UBE score.

Subjects that may be tested on the MEE include business associations, civil procedure, conflict of laws, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law and procedure, evidence, family law, real property, torts, trusts and estates, and Article 9 (secured transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

The MPT is the third component of the UBE. The MPT is used in many jurisdictions that haven’t adopted the UBE; 45 jurisdictions administered the MPT in 2017.

Unlike other components of the UBE, 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 MPT counts for 20 percent of an examinee’s UBE score.

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.

Jurisdiction-Specific Component

Maryland has yet to announce the material that will comprise the required Maryland-law component for admission to the Maryland bar.

Maryland Bar Exam Information

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

Dates

The Maryland bar exam is offered twice a year on the last consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July. The Maryland bar exam is administered in Baltimore.

Registration Filing Deadlines

The regular deadline for registering for the February 2019 bar exam in Maryland is December 20, 2018. The regular deadline for the July 2019 exam is May 21, 2019. For more details on these deadlines, please see the Maryland State Board of Law Examiners’ website.

Fees

The regular application fee for the Maryland bar exam is $275. For more details on fees, visit the Maryland State Board of Law Examiners' website.

Results

Official results for the Maryland bar exam are posted to applicants’ eBar My Status pages approximately 10 weeks after the administration of the exam. An unofficial listing of pass/fail results is also posted on the Maryland State Board of Law Examiners' website.

Contact Info

The Maryland State Board of Law Examiners is the organization responsible for overseeing admission to the bar in Maryland. It is through this board that you will register for the bar exam, receive exam information, and obtain your score.

Address:
State Board of Law Examiners
2011-F Commerce Park Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401

Hours: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday

Phone: 410-260-3640
Email: sble@mdcourts.gov

Website: https://mdcourts.gov/ble/generalbarexam

News

News and information about the Maryland bar exam can be found on the Maryland State Board of Law Examiners' website.

Maryland Bar Exam Prep Course

Quimbee Bar Review is your best option to prepare for the Maryland bar exam. Heavy and cumbersome coursebooks are a thing of the past. Quimbee Bar Review and Quimbee MBE Review offer everything you need to thrive on the Maryland bar exam, and all the course material is available from your computer or mobile device.

Maryland Bar Practice Tests

Quimbee’s course offers several full-length practice MBEs and thousands of MBE practice questions—many licensed directly from the NCBE. Quimbee’s practice MPTs are also real, licensed tests from past bar exams. You’ll also get personalized feedback from a dedicated attorney grader on your practice essays for the MEE, so you can check your understanding, learn what you need to work on, and feel confident that you’re ready by test day.

Maryland Bar Study Guide

Quimbee Bar Review will walk you through bar prep from start to finish. You'll start with a high-level overview of every bar topic to refresh what you learned in law school. 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 and MEE subjects. Quimbee Outlines are written by experts and 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.

Maryland Bar Flashcards

You’ll also have access to Quimbee’s 7,000+ MBE flashcards and MEE 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 and MEE.

So, if you’re wondering how to pass the Maryland bar exam, check out Quimbee Bar Review, and you’ll see why Quimbee is the best Maryland bar-review course available.