Ultimate Guide to Maryland State Bar Exam

Your complete guide to Maryland 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 · Other Jurisdictions

*Updated January 2024

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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 40+ jurisdictions 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

July 2023 (808 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 59%
First-Time Pass Rate: 71%
Repeat Pass Rate: 24%

February 2023 (358 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 32%
First-Time Pass Rate: 49%
Repeat Pass Rate: 24%

February 2022 (338 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 41%
First-Time Pass Rate: 57%
Repeat Pass Rate: 27%

July 2021 (865 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 68%
First-Time Pass Rate: 78%
Repeat Pass Rate: 31%

Maryland Bar Review Courses

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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).


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.

Watch Crushendo’s free MBE tips video.


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. Watch Crushendo’s free MEE tips video.


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. Watch Crushendo’s free MPT tips video.

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


Morning Afternoon
Day 1 MPT/MEE (3 hours) MPT/MEE (3 hours)
Day 2 MBE (3 hours) MBE (3 hours)


  • July 30–31, 2024
  • February 25–26, 2025

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.

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, and MPT Prep
  • 250+ Proprietary Mnemonics
  • 1,750+ Licensed NCBE Questions
  • Audio Attack Outlines
  • Audio Flashcards
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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?


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