The Maryland Bar Exam

The Maryland Bar Exam assesses whether or not a candidate is competent to practice law in Maryland. The exam is comprised of three unique parts - the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), state-specific essay portion, and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). A minimum scaled score of 406 out of 600 possible points is required to pass.

The first portion of the Maryland Bar Exam, the essay portion, tests fundamental aspects of Maryland law. Students must provide clear, well-organized compositions that demonstrate the ability to understand universal law concepts and communicate ideas effectively.

The second portion of the Maryland Bar Exam is the Multistate Performance Test, or the MPT. One 90-minute item is administered, which challenges examinees to separate relevant from irrelevant facts and communicate complex legal concepts effectively. The MPT is designed to test students' ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation.

The third and final portion of the Maryland Bar Exam is the Multistate Bar Examination, or the MBE. The MBE is administered twice annually; once on the last Wednesday in February and again on the last Wednesday in July.

AdaptiBar prepares students for the MBE portion of the Maryland Bar Examination. The MBE occurs on one day, which is divided into two, three-hour parts, each consisting of 100 questions. When answering MBE questions, students apply fundamental legal principles instead of local case or statutory law. During the MBE, students analyze fact situations and apply black letter law. Students choose only one correct answer - the best answer - from the four available choices.

Maryland Bar Exam Information

The Maryland Bar Exam is a 2-day exam.

For more information on the Maryland Bar Exam, visit the official Maryland Bar Examination site.

Maryland Bar Exam Results

Interested in Maryland Bar Exam pass rates? We've collected the Maryland Bar Exam statistics dating back to 2002: Maryland Bar Exam Results