Ultimate Guide to Florida State Bar Exam

Your complete guide to Florida bar exam prep.

Pass Rates · Bar Review Courses · Format · Essay Topics · Schedule · Dates · Location · Application Fees & Deadlines · What to Bring · Scores & Grading · Results · Reciprocity · Law Schools · Groups · Other Resources

*Updated June 2020

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Florida State Bar Exam | Basic Information

The Florida Bar was started in 1950. It includes more than 100,000 legal professionals. Florida does not administer the UBE, but it has its own bar exam.

Florida is not a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) state. Florida has its own bar exam that uses the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the national multiple-choice test. Florida also requires the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).

Florida State Bar Exam Pass Rates

February 2020 (560 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 60%
First-Time Pass Rate: unknown
Repeat Pass Rate: unknown

February 2019 (1,357 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 44%
First-Time Pass Rate: 58%
Repeat Pass Rate: 34%

July 2019 (2,688 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 62%
First-Time Pass Rate: 74%
Repeat Pass Rate: 22%

July 2018 (2,850 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 57%
First-Time Pass Rate: 67%
Repeat Pass Rate: 24%

Florida Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the Florida Bar?

The Florida bar is administered twice each year in Florida (in February and July). The examination is administered over two days in four, three-hour sessions. The Florida bar has three parts: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), three essay questions, and 100 multiple-choice questions.

MBE

The MBE is a six-hour test and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions that test your understanding across seven subjects. Your MBE score comprises 50% of your overall score.

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Essay Questions and Multiple-Choice

The Florida essay questions consist of three legal essays. Your essay scores, combined with your score on the Florida multiple-choice, comprises 50% of your total score.

Florida bar exam essay topics may include the following:

  • Florida Constitutional Law
  • Federal Constitutional Law
  • Trusts
  • Business Entities
  • Real Property
  • Evidence
  • Torts
  • Wills & Administration of Estates
  • Criminal Law and Constitutional Criminal Procedure
  • Contracts
  • Articles 3 and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Family Law
  • Chapters 4 & 5 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar
  • Professionalism

Here are practice questions provided by the Florida bar.

The essay questions are followed by 100 multiple-choice questions.

What’s the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination?

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) tests your understanding of established standards of conduct for lawyers. The MPRE is administered three times each year (in March, August, and November). The test consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and is two hours long. Check out this MPRE Tips video!

Upcoming Bar Exam Schedule, Dates, Location

Schedule

Morning Afternoon
Day 1 Essays (3 hours) Essays (3 hours)
Day 2 MBE (3 hours) MBE (3 hours)

Dates

  • July 28-29, 2020
  • February 23-24, 2021
  • July 27-28, 2021
  • February 22-23, 2022
  • July 26-27, 2022
  • February 21-22, 2023
  • July 25-26, 2023

Location

Florida Bar Exam Application

Are you interested in taking the Florida State bar exam? Here’s some basic information on applying to take the Florida bar exam.

The Florida Bar application fee for most takers is $600 if you file an early application. The fee is $1,000 for those who do not complete early registration or lawyers who have been admitted for less than a year.

*Visit the Florida State Bar’s website for more information.

If you desire to take the bar exam in February, you should submit your application by November 15 to avoid late fees. If you file between November 15 and December 16, there is a $325 late fee. If you file between December 16 and January 15, there is a $625 late fee. January 15 is the final deadline.

If you desire to take the bar exam in July, you should submit your application by May 1 to avoid late fees. If you file between May 1 and June 1, there is a $325 late fee. If you file between June 1 and June 15, there is a $625 late fee. June 15 is the final deadline.

In addition to passing the Florida bar exam with a score of at least 272 out of 400, there are several requirements that must be met in order to be admitted as an attorney in Florida, including:

  1. Score 80 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) within the accepted time frame.
  2. Certificate from Committee of Character and Fitness
  3. Be a graduate of an ABA approved law school

Florida State Bar Admissions Office

Physical address:

Florida Board of Bar Examiners
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750

 

Phone number: (850) 487-1292

Florida Bar Exam: What to Bring

What to bring

  • Your current driver’s license or picture ID
  • Jacket
  • Money
  • Keys

Important notes

  • You need to have these items with you for each of the four testing sessions.
  • Pens and pencils are provided to examinees
  • Laptop testers should not bring their laptop in a case or bag

Prohibited items

  • Any item that can connect to the internet
  • Any item that can record audio or video
  • Backpacks
  • Books
  • Briefcases
  • Calculators
  • Cameras
  • Notes
  • Phones
  • Food or drink
  • Purses
  • Radios
  • Rulers
  • Scratch papers
  • Study materials
  • Watches

Florida Bar Exam Scores and Grading

A passing score for the bar in Florida is 270/400. Scores of the three tests comprising the bar are weighted as follows:

  • MBE = 50% of your total score
  • Florida Bar = 50% of your total score

*A passing score for the MPRE in Florida is 80/150.

Florida Bar Exam Results

View recent bar pass lists:

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my Florida bar exam results released?

Florida bar exam results are usually posted six to nine weeks after the exam date.

Can I see my Florida bar exam score?

If you passed the Florida bar exam, you won’t be able to see your score. If you failed the exam, you will receive your written examination back.

Can I appeal to have my Florida bar exam re-graded?

No. If your essay score is close to passing, it will be automatically re-graded. After scores have been released, there is no appeals process. You can ask to have your multiple-choice scores hand-graded for no extra cost.

How many times can I take the bar exam in Florida?

You can take the Florida bar without limit.

Florida Bar Exam Reciprocity

There is no reciprocity between Florida and any other jurisdiction.

Law Schools in Florida

Here’s a list of law schools in Florida.

Ave Maria School of Law

Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law (Barry University)

  • Founded: 1999
  • Located: Orlando, FL
  • Enrollment: about 650
  • Tuition Cost: $39,900 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 57%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: barry.edu/law

Florida A&M University School of Law

  • Founded: 1949
  • Located: Tallahassee, FL
  • Enrollment: about 600
  • Tuition Cost: $33,077 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 58%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.famu.edu

Florida Coastal School of Law

  • Founded: 1996
  • Located: Jacksonville, FL
  • Enrollment: about 200
  • Tuition Cost: $39,900 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 72%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: fcsl.edu

Fredric C. Levin College of Law (University of Florida)

  • Founded: 1909
  • Located: Gainesville, FL
  • Enrollment: about 900
  • Tuition Cost: $38,040 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 71%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.ufl.edu

University of Miami School of Law

  • Founded: 1925
  • Located: Coral Gables, FL
  • Enrollment: about 1,100
  • Tuition Cost: $54,134 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 78%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.miami.edu

Florida International University College of Law

  • Founded: 2000
  • Located: Miami, FL
  • Enrollment: about 475
  • Tuition Cost: $36,050 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 95%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.fiu.edu

Florida State University College of Law

  • Founded: 1966
  • Located: Tallahassee, FL
  • Enrollment: about 600
  • Tuition Cost: $40,655 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 87%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.fsu.edu

Shepard Broad College of Law (Nova Southeastern University)

  • Founded: 1974
  • Located: Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Enrollment: about 625
  • Tuition Cost: $42,790 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 65%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.nova.edu

Stetson University College of Law

St. Thomas University College of Law

  • Founded: 1984
  • Located: Miami Gardens, FL
  • Enrollment: about 575
  • Tuition Cost: $42,190 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 67%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: stu.edu/law

Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Western Michigan University)

Helpful Groups

Here are some Facebook groups you may find helpful before, and after, passing the bar exam:

Ave Maria School of Law

Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law (Barry University)

Florida A&M University School of Law

University of Miami School of Law

Florida International University College of Law

Florida State University College of Law

Shepard Broad College of Law (Nova Southeastern University)

Stetson University College of Law

St. Thomas University College of Law