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Bar Exam Guide: Pennsylvania

Guide to the Bar exam

The Basics

Components of the Pennsylvania Bar Exam:

The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) 45%

6 State Specific Essays 44%

1 State Specific Performance Test 11%


Pennsylvania considers the following jurisdictions reciprocal and an attorney may be admitted on motion if, among other things, the attorney has devoted a major portion of their time and energy to the practice of law for at least five of the seven years immediately preceding the filing of their application:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Where to find more information:

Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners

Penn State Dickinson Law Bar Exam Research Guide