Ultimate Guide to Maryland State Bar Exam

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Maryland State Bar Exam | Basic Information

The Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) was formed in 1896. The voluntary organization has about 25,000 members. There are about 40,000 lawyers in Maryland.

Maryland is one of 30+ states that have adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) for their state bar review. Maryland first administered the UBE in July 2019.

Maryland 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 (302 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 39%
First-Time Pass Rate: 84%
Repeat Pass Rate: 35%

July 2019 (838 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 68%
First-Time Pass Rate: 81%
Repeat Pass Rate: 33%

July 2018 (782 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 59%
First-Time Pass Rate: 71%
Repeat Pass Rate: 29%

Maryland Bar Review Courses

Compare top Maryland bar exam prep courses from Crushendo, Barbri, Themis, Kaplan, AmeriBar, BarMax, AdaptiBar, and Quimbee.

Crushendo Barbri Themis Kaplan AmeriBar BarMax AdaptiBar Quimbee
Cost $240-790 $2,495-4,095 $1,595-2,695 $2,299-3,999 $895-2,545 $699-1,499 $395-1,065 $499-999
MBE
MEE
MPT
MPRE
NCBE Questions 2,000+ 100+ Unknown 1,200+ 1,400+ 1,905+ 1,700+ 1,830+
Audio Flashcards
250+ Mnemonics
Facebook Rating 5/5 Disabled 4.8/5 Disabled Disabled 4.4/5 4.4/5 Disabled
Access Period Lifetime 3 months 4 months 4 months Up to 3 years Lifetime 5-7 months 5 months
Financing 3 payments $250 registration
Founded 2017 1974 2008 1938 1999 2010 2003 2007
Phone (385) 482-1776 (888) 322-7274 (888) 843-6476 (626) 390-7170 (877) 942-2763 (800) 529-2651 (877) 466-1250 N/A

Crushendo’s written and audio outlines utilize 250+ proprietary mnemonics to help you memorize everything you need to know to pass the bar exam on your first try.

Crushendo’s UBE Suite costs $790 and includes 2,000+ official questions from the NCBE.

Crushendo offers lifetime access to its bar exam prep products.

Adam Balinski founded Crushendo Bar Review in 2017 (read the founding story here).

The Harcourt publishing company founded Barbri in 1974 when it acquired two bar review programs. Since its founding Barbri has been owned by large firms, including Thomson Reuters and Leeds Equity Partners.

Barbri products have been used by more than a million law school students. In the last 20 years Barbri has settled multiple antitrust lawsuits.

Barbri’s bar prep programs cost $2,495-4,095 and include 100+ official NCBE questions from past bar exams.

Barbri offers access to its online products for three months.

Themis Bar Review is based in Chicago and was founded in 2008.

Themis publishes its pass rates publicly on its website.

Themis bar prep programs cost $1,595-2,695 and include an unknown amount of NCBE questions.

Themis offers access to its online products for four months.

Stanley Kaplan founded Kaplan, Inc. in 1938.

Kaplan jumped into the bar review space in 2006 when it acquired PMBR, a company that provides test prep for the MBE. In 2008 Kaplan expanded its bar review offerings.

Kaplan’s bar prep programs cost $2,299-3,999 and include 1,200+ NCBE questions.

Kaplan offers access to its online products for four months.

Alexander Nakis founded AmeriBar in 1999. It’s headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida.

AmeriBar’s bar exam prep programs cost $895-2,545 and include 1,400+ NCBE questions.

AmeriBar offers access to its online products for up to three years.

Michael Ghaffary and Mehran Ebadolahi founded BarMax in 2010.

BarMax’s bar exam prep programs cost $699-1,499 and include 1,905+ NCBE questions.

BarMax offers lifetime access to its online products.

Tarek Fadel founded AdaptiBar in 2003.

AdaptiBar’s bar exam prep programs cost $395-1,065 and include up to 1,700+ NCBE questions.

AdaptiBar offers access to its online products for 5-7 months.

Matt Sellers founded Quimbee in 2007.

Quimbee’s bar prep programs cost $499-999 and include up to 1,830+ NCBE questions.

Quimbee offers access to its online products for 5 months.

Maryland State Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the UBE?

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

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 UBE score.

26 MBE Bar Prep Tips (2020) | Crushendo Bar Review

MEE

The MEE consists of six 30-minute legal essays. The MEE makes up 30% of your score.

Essay topics may include the following: Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Property, Secured Transactions, Torts, Trusts, Unincorporated Business Entities, Wills and Estates, etc.

Crushendo offers the most recent MEE questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used.

Bar Exam Essay Writing Tips (2020) | 17 MEE Tips | Bar Prep

MPT

The MPT consists of two 90-minute tasks where you analyze and apply laws to specific scenarios. The MPT makes up 20% of your score. Crushendo offers the most recent MPT questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used.

Top 15 Bar Exam MPT Tips (2020) | MPT Tips & Tricks | Bar Prep | Bar Exam

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, Locations

Schedule

Morning Afternoon
Day 1 MPT/MEE (3 hours) MPT/MEE (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

Maryland Bar Exam Application

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

The Maryland bar exam application fee for most takers is $400. The Character Questionnaire costs an additional $225. There is a $125 laptop fee.

*See the Maryland State Bar Fee Guide for more information.

If you want to take the February bar exam, you should submit your application by September 15. If you apply after September 15 but before December 20, there is a $50 fee. If you want to take the July bar exam, you should submit your application by January 15. If you apply after January 15 but before March 1, there is a $50 fee. If you apply after March 1 but before May 20, you will pay a $125 fee.

In addition to passing the Maryland bar exam with a score of at least 266, there are several requirements that must be met in order to be admitted as an attorney in Maryland, including:

  1. Score 85 or higher on the MPRE within the accepted time frame.
  2. Receive a JD from an ABA-approved law school

Maryland State Board of Law Examiners

Physical address:

Judiciary A-POD,
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Phone: (410) 260-3640

Maryland Bar Exam: What to Bring

What to bring

  • Your official government issued photo ID (U.S. driver’s license or passport)
  • Your examination pass

Important notes

  • You need to have these items with you for each of the four testing sessions
  • You must carry all permitted items into the testing center in one clear, re-sealable plastic food bag of one gallon size or less (photo ID, seat ticket, etc.)
  • You will be provided with a pair of foam ear plugs

Permitted items

  • No. 2 pencils and erasers
  • Blue or black ink pens
  • Highlighters (essay day only)
  • Capped or lidded drink

Prohibited items

All other items are prohibited, including:

  • Bags
  • Watches
  • Hats (unless religious or health exemption)
  • Cell phones
  • Notes
  • Electronic devices
  • Tissues
  • Books
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Flip flops
  • Briefcases
  • etc.

*More information on what you can and cannot bring to the testing center.

Maryland Bar Exam Scores and Grading

A passing score for the UBE in Maryland is 266/400. Scores of the three tests comprising the UBE are weighted as follows:

  • MBE = 50% of your total UBE score
  • MEE = 30%
  • MPT = 20%

*A passing score for the MPRE in Maryland is 85/150.

Maryland Bar Review Course

Crushendo’s comprehensive UBE Suite comes with everything you need to crush the Maryland bar exam.

  • MBE, MEE, MPT, and MPRE Prep
  • 250+ Proprietary Mnemonics
  • 2,000+ Licensed NCBE Questions
  • Audio Flashcards
  • Lifetime Access

Maryland Bar Exam Results

View lists of those who passed the Maryland State bar exam, posted on the Maryland State Bar Association’s website:

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my Maryland bar exam results released?

February bar exam results are usually posted in April. July bar exam results are usually posted in October.

Can I see my Maryland bar exam score?

Results will be posted to eBar My Status pages.

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

No.

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

There’s no limit to how many times you can retake the UBE in Maryland.

Maryland Bar Exam Reciprocity

Applicants seeking to be admitted as attorneys in Maryland, without taking the bar exam, must comply with Rule 19.25.

Reciprocity Requirements Overview

In order to be eligible for admission on motion in Maryland, you must:

  • Hold a Juris Doctor degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Have practiced law for three of the five years prior to your application, or 10 years total
  • Have a Certificate of Good Standing

All states, territories, and districts have reciprocity with Maryland if these requirements are kept.

Law Schools in Maryland

Here’s a list of ABA Accredited law schools in Maryland.

University of Baltimore School of Law

  • Founded: 1925
  • Located: Baltimore, MD
  • Enrollment: About 730 students (2017)
  • Tuition Cost: ~$45,850
  • Bar Passage Rate: 70% (July 2017)
  • Website: law.ubalt.edu

Francis King Carey School of Law (University of Maryland)

  • Founded: 1816
  • Located: Baltimore, MD
  • Enrollment: About 700 students
  • Tuition Cost: ~$48,426
  • Bar Passage Rate: 75.6% (2017)
  • Website: law.umaryland.edu