Critical Information If You Will Take the New York Bar

If you plan to take the New York bar exam this summer, you should know by now that New York has moved to administering the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). As part of that change, New York will also require bar applicants to take an online exam in New York law. This week, the New York Board of Law Examiners updated information about that with study materials, test dates and registration details. It is very important for you to review all of this information, here: New York Bar Exam.

Subjects Tested on the Georgia Bar Exam

The Georgia bar exam is a two-day exam. Some parts are written by the National Conference of Bar Examiners; the essay questions are written and graded by members of the Georgia Board of Bar Examiners and their attorney assistants. For details on the Georgia bar exam dates, deadlines and logistics, visit their website: www.gabaradmissions.org.

Day 1: Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions in the morning and four 45-minute essay questions in the afternoon.

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple choice exam.

SUBJECTS TESTED

MBE Subjects: Constitutional Law, Contracts/Sales, Criminal Law/Procedure, Evidence, Federal Civil Procedure, Real Property, Torts.

Georgia Essay Subjects: Business Organizations; Commercial Paper; Family Law; Federal Practice and Procedure; Georgia Practice and Procedure; Non-Monetary Remedies; Professional Ethics; Trusts, Wills and Estates; plus all MBE subjects. More than one subject may be tested in a single essay question.

Multistate Performance Test: Practical questions using a file of instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by bar examiners. Examinees are asked to draft a written work product, such as: a memorandum to a partner; a judicial opinion; contract provisions; a letter agreement; a letter of advice to a client, etc.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam: The MPRE is taken separately from the bar exam and it is offered in March, August and November. A scaled score of 75 on the MPRE is required for admission to the Georgia bar.

MBE Scores Drop Again, to 33-Year Low

The ABA Journal reports:

The mean scaled score on the February administration of the Multistate Bar Examination fell to 135, down 1.2 points from the previous year and the lowest average score on a February administration of the test since 1983. The number of test-takers was up 4 percent from last year, from 22,396 in 2015 to 23,324 this year, according to Erica Moeser, president of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, which developed and scores the test.

February scores are typically lower than July scores, Moeser said, because July test-takers tend to be first-time test takers, who generally score higher on the exam than repeat takers. She said the results, while “a bit disappointing,” are not a surprise. “We believe we’re in the middle of a downward trend that is likely to continue for at least a couple more years,” she said.

The multistate bar exam, a six-hour, 200-question multiple-choice test, is administered as part of the bar exam in every state except Louisiana. The July 2015 results were also down 1.6 points from the previous year, to 139.9, its lowest point since 1988.

Doing well enough on the MBE to pass the bar exam first time is a learned skill that improves with practice. If you didn’t do one of the practice MBE diagnostic tests and workshops we offered this spring, you can still come by the Office of Academic Engagement and Student Success to pick up a test and administer it to yourself.

If You Will Take the New York Bar Exam …

Many Emory Law graduates plan to take the New York bar examination. It is very important to remember that New York has changed the nature of that examination starting this year, July 2016. Please make sure to review ALL of the detailed information posted by the New York Board of Law Examiners: The New York Bar and the Uniform Bar Exam. The online application opens on April 1, one week from today.

New York Bar Application Opens April 1

The New York Board of Law Examiners has posted information about new rules and a link to this year’s online bar application which will open on April 1. Click here for details and for all direct, updated information about the New York bar exam.

Late Fitness Application Deadline for Georgia Bar, March 2

The last deadline to apply for certification by the Board to Determine Fitness of bar applicants in Georgia, in time to take the Georgia bar exam in July 2016, is March 2, 2016.  Applications must be received in their office before 4:30 pm on that date, not postmarked by that date, and the late filing fee must be paid in full. Details about all deadlines, fees and forms of payment are here: Georgia Bar Admissions Deadlines and Fees.

Are you taking the MPRE in March?

If you plan to take the MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam) before graduation, it will be given next on March 19, 2016.  For more information, and to register, go to the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The MPRE is required for bar admission in most American jurisdictions.

Upcoming Deadlines for the Georgia Bar Exam!

These reminders have been shared by Georgia’s Office of Bar Admissions. For more detail, it is important to go directly to their website, www.gabaradmissions.org.

For those students intending to sit for the February 2016 Georgia Bar exam, please note that the late deadline to submit a Bar exam application is Friday, February 5, 2016, prior to 4:30 p.m.

For those students intending to sit for the July 2016 Georgia Bar exam, please note that the late deadline to submit a Character and Fitness Application is Wednesday, March 2, 2016, before 4:30 p.m.

 

Georgia Bar Character and Fitness Application Deadline This Week

The Georgia Character and Fitness Application is due this week, on December 2, 2015 if you want to avoid paying a large late fee (several hundred dollars). “Due” means it must be received in their office before 4:30 p.m. on that date. If you plan to take the bar exam in Georgia, go directly to the website of the Georgia Office of Bar Admissions for detailed information and FAQ. For example, if you click on the tab titled “Bar Examination”, it will take you to a page with links to old bar exams and model answers, helpful tips from the actual Georgia Board of Bar Examiners, etc. This is also the website where you will find all relevant fees and deadlines. Good luck with exams this week and next!

What Don’t You Know?

What you don’t know about bar admissions CAN hurt you — so knowledge is power! First, if you plan to take a bar in the coming year, you should go to the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners and look over their Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admissions. It has lots of information including which states have reciprocity, which accept transferred scores, which ones administer the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), etc.

Second, if you plan to take the bar exam in Emory’s home state of Georgia, you can go directly to the website of the Georgia Office of Bar Admissions for detailed information and FAQ. For example, if you click on the tab titled “Bar Examination”, it will take you to a page with links to old bar exams and model answers, helpful tips from the actual Georgia Board of Bar Examiners, etc. This is also the website where you will find all relevant fees and deadlines.  Speaking of deadlines, the Georgia Character and Fitness Application is due on December 2, 2015 if you want to avoid paying a large late fee (several hundred dollars). “Due” means it must be received in their office before 4:30 p.m. on that date.