Ultimate Guide to New Jersey Bar Exam

Your complete guide to New Jersey 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 November 2019

New Jersey State Bar Exam | Basic Information

The New Jersey State Bar Association was founded in 1899. This voluntary organization has about 18,000 members.

New Jersey is one of 30+ states that have adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) for their state bar review. New Jersey first administered the UBE in February 2017.

New Jersey Bar Exam Pass Rates

February 2019 (514 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 48%
First-Time Pass Rate: unknown
Repeat Pass Rate: unknown

February 2018 (553 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 46%
First-Time Pass Rate: 63%
Repeat Pass Rate: 30%

July 2019 (787 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 66%
First-Time Pass Rate: unknown
Repeat Pass Rate: unknown

July 2018 (893 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 59%
First-Time Pass Rate: 72%
Repeat Pass Rate: 18%

New Jersey Bar Review Courses

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

CrushendoBarbriThemisKaplanAmeriBarBarMaxAdaptiBarQuimbee
Cost$240-790$2,495-4,095$1,595-2,695$2,299-3,999$895-2,545$699-1,499$395-1,065$499-1,499
MBE
MEE
MPT
MPRE
NCBE Questions2,000+100+Unknown1,200+1,400+1,905+1,700+200+
Audio Flashcards
250+ Mnemonics
Facebook Rating5/5Disabled4.8/5DisabledDisabled4.4/54.4/5Disabled
Access PeriodLifetime3 months4 months4 monthsUp to 3 yearsLifetime5-7 months3 years
Financing3 payments$250 registration
Founded20171974200819381999201020032007
Phone(385) 482-1776(888) 322-7274(888) 843-6476(626) 390-7170(877) 942-2763(800) 529-2651(877) 466-1250N/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 is 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 it 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 $499-1,499 and include up to 200+ NCBE questions.

Quimbee offers access to its online products for 3 years.

New Jersey State Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the UBE?

The UBE is administered twice each year in New Jersey (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.

MEE

The MEE consists of six 30-minute legal essays. Your MEE score comprises 30% of your UBE score.

New Jersey bar exam 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.

MPT

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

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

MorningAfternoon
Day 1MPT (3 hours)MEE (3 hours)
Day 2MBE (3 hours)MBE (3 hours)

Dates

  • February 25-26, 2020
  • 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

Atlantic City

Atlantic City Convention Center
1 Convention Blvd.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Somerset

Hotel Somerset – Bridgewater
110 Davidson Ave
Somerset, NJ 08873

Garden State Convention Center
50 Atrium Dr.
Somerset, NJ 08873

*Exam sites may change. Verify testing locations on the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners website.

New Jersey Bar Exam Application

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

The New Jersey State Bar application fee for most takers is $675.  The application cost for UBE score transfer applicants and out-of-state lawyers applying for admission into the New Jersey State Bar is $675.

*Visit the New Jersey State Bar Admission Office’s website for more information.

If you desire to take the bar exam in February, you should submit your bar exam application between October 1 and October 31 to avoid late fees. You can register as late as November 30 if you pay the $1,200 late fee. If you want to take the July bar exam, you should submit your application between March 1 and March 31 to avoid late fees. You can register as late as April 30 if you pay the $1,200 late fee.

*There’s no limit on how many times you can apply to be admitted to the New Jersey State Bar.

In addition to passing the New Jersey 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 New Jersey, including:

  1. Score 75 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) within the accepted time frame. The New Jersey Bar will also accept a completion of a law school ethics class in lieu of this requirement.
  2. Committee on Character & Fitness certification.

New Jersey State Bar Admissions Office

Current Applicants Contact Information

Organized by first letter of last name

A-D contact: Marian Green- marian.green@njcourts.gov

E-K contact: Jennifer Miranda- jennifer.miranda@njcourts.gov

L-Q contact: Maureen Notaroberto- maureen.notaroberto@njcourts.gov

R-Z contact: Giselle Simeon- giselle.simeon@njcourts.gov

Mailing address:

New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners
P.O. Box 973
Trenton, NJ 08625-0973

Main number: 609-815-2911

New Jersey Bar Exam: What to Bring

What to bring

  • Your current driver’s license.
  • Your Bar Examination Identification & Certification Card that has your photo, NCBE number, and examinee number.

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

New Jersey Bar Exam Scores and Grading

A passing score for the UBE in New Jersey 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 New Jersey is 75/150.

New Jersey Bar Review Course

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

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

View lists of those who passed the New Jersey State Bar Exam, posted on the New Jersey State Bar Association’s website:

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my New Jersey bar exam results released?

The New Jersey bar tries to release bar exam results by May 15th. July bar exam results are to be released by November 15th.

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

If the combined MRE and essay score is between 260 to 271.9, it will be regraded by graders who did not see the result of the first grading.

How many times can I take the bar exam in New Jersey?

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

New Jersey Bar Exam Reciprocity

Applicants seeking admission to the New Jersey State Bar without taking the bar exam, must comply with Rule 1:24-1, 1:24-4 and 1:27-1 to qualify,

Reciprocity Requirements Overview

In order to be eligible for admittance to the New Jersey State Bar, without taking the bar examination, you must:

  • Be admitted to practice law in another U.S. state or territory.
  • Hold a legal degree from an approved list of law schools.
  • Have practiced law for five of the seven years prior to your application.
  • Ensure that the primary state you practiced law in would allow lawyers in New Jersey a similar accommodation.
  • Have certification from the Committee on Character and Fitness.
  • Must have a passing score on the MPRE.
  • Must complete a course on New Jersey professionalism and ethics.

Reciprocal Jurisdictions: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, US Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Law Schools in New Jersey

Here’s a list of law schools in New Jersey.

Rutgers School of Law

  • Founded: 1908
  • Located: Camden, NJ and Newark, NJ
  • Enrollment: about 1,220
  • Tuition Cost: about $43,400
  • Bar Passage Rate: 68.8% July 2018
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.rutgers.edu

Seton Hall Law School

  • Founded: 1951
  • Located: Newark, NJ
  • Enrollment: about 1,050
  • Tuition Cost: $55,788 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 82.28% July 2018 first time takers
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.shu.edu