Ultimate Guide to Georgia State Bar Exam

Your complete guide to Georgia bar exam prep.

Pass Rates · Bar Review Courses · Format · 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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Georgia State Bar Exam | Basic Information

The State Bar of Georgia was started in 1964. It includes about 50,000 legal professionals.

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

Georgia State Bar Exam Pass Rates

February 2020 (unknown takers)

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

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February 2019 (637 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 44%
First-Time Pass Rate: 66%
Repeat Pass Rate: 31%

July 2019 (1,283 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 66%
First-Time Pass Rate: 80%
Repeat Pass Rate: 25%

July 2018 (1,261 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 61%
First-Time Pass Rate: 73%
Repeat Pass Rate: 19%

Georgia Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the Georgia Bar?

The Georgia bar is administered twice each year in Georgia (in February and July). The examination is administered over two days in four, three-hour sessions. The Georgia bar has four parts: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and Georgia essay 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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MPT

The MPT consists of two 90-minute tasks where you analyze and apply laws to specific scenarios. The Georgia essays and the MPT scores are combined and together make up 50% of your total score. Crushendo offers the most recent MPT questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used.

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Georgia Essays

The Georgia essays are four essay questions written by the Georgia Board of Bar Examiners. You have three hours to complete the essays, with no breaks between questions.

The Georgia essays and the MPT scores are combined and together make up 50% of your total score.

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 MPT (3 hours) Georgia 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

There is a fee for parking at this location

Georgia Bar Exam Application

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

The Georgia Bar application fee for most takers is $442. There is a $200 late fee after the first filing deadline. There is an extra $10 fee if you pay using a credit card.

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

If you desire to take the bar exam in February, the application opens on November 4. You should submit your application by January 2 to avoid late fees. If you file between January 2 and February 3, there is a $2oo late fee. February 3 is the final deadline.

If you desire to take the bar exam in July, the application opens on April 6. You should submit your application by June 3 to avoid late fees. If you file between June 3 and July 6, there is a $2oo late fee. July 6 is the final deadline.

These dates are for 2020. Specific deadlines vary year to year, see the Georgia bar website for more specific dates.

In addition to passing the Georgia bar exam with a score of at least 270 out of 400, there are several requirements that must be met in order to be admitted as an attorney in Georgia, including:

  1. Score 75 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) within the accepted time frame.
  2. Certificate from Committee of Character and Fitness
  3. Have a bachelor’s degree and a JD from a law school approved by the ABA or by the Georgia bar examiners

Georgia State Bar Admissions Office

Physical address:

Supreme Court of Georgia
Office of Bar Admissions
Nathan Deal Judicial Center
330 Capitol Avenue, SE
Suite L200
Atlanta, GA 30334

 

Phone number: (404)-656-3490

Georgia Bar Exam: What to Bring

What to bring

  • Your current driver’s license or picture ID
  • Laptop computer, cord, extension cord for Tuesday
  • Black ink pens for Tuesday
  • Pencils for Wednesday
  • Water in a clear, disposable plastic, unlabeled bottle
  • Clear plastic bag with keys, hotel card, wallet, cash, and/or female hygiene items

Important notes

  • Ear plugs are provided for you
  • Pencil sharpeners are only allowed on Wednesday
  • Do not bring your laptop in any case unless it is in a clear, plastic 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

More information here.

Georgia Bar Exam Scores and Grading

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

  • MBE = 50% of your total score
  • Georgia Essays and MPT = 50% of your total score

*A passing score for the MPRE in Georgia is 75/150.

Georgia Bar Exam Results

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Frequently Asked Questions

When are my Georgia bar exam results released?

Georgia bar exam results are usually in late May or late October.

Can I see my Georgia bar exam score?

If you passed the Georgia 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 Georgia 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.

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

You can take the Georgia bar without limit.

Georgia Bar Exam Reciprocity

You have reciprocity with Georgia if the jurisdiction that you are admitted to has the same requirements as the Georgia bar. The Georgia Board of Bar Examiners does not publish an official list of reciprocal jurisdictions, and reciprocal states may change depending on bar exam rules. However, Georgia does NOT have reciprocity with California, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, New Mexico, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Maine.

To be eligible for reciprocity, you must follow reciprocity requirements:

  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree and a JD
  • Actively practice law for five of the last seven years

If you are not located in a reciprocal jurisdiction or have not been actively practicing law, there are other options. If you are admitted in another jurisdiction, you can qualify to take the attorney’s examination, which is only a one day bar exam with 2 MPT questions and 4 Georgia essay questions. You can do this instead of taking the two-day bar exam.

Law Schools in Georgia

Here’s a list of law schools in Georgia.

Emory University School of Law

University of Georgia School of Law

  • Founded: 1859
  • Located: Athens, GA
  • Enrollment: about 600
  • Tuition Cost: $38,652 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 92%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.uga.edu

Georgia State University College of Law

  • Founded: 1982
  • Located: Atlanta, GA
  • Enrollment: about 650
  • Tuition Cost: $37,618 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 95%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.gsu.edu

Mercer University School of Law

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School

Helpful Groups

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

Emory University School of Law

University of Georgia School of Law

Georgia State University College of Law

Mercer University School of Law

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School